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Simulating the first web browser inside a web browser #NeXT #WWW #HTML #CERN #VintageComputing

History — WorldWideWeb NeXT Application

On February 16th, 2019, Nine people came together at CERN for five days and made something amazing.

The final result is worldwideweb.cern.ch

The site is a simulation of using the first ever web browser, recreated inside your web browser.

Click the WorldWideWeb button to begin!

As Tim Berners-Lee was working on a NeXT computer, that is the environment simulated. NeXT machines we’re not that common, having been launched in 1988 at a cost of US$6,500 (equivalent to $13,800 or so now).

When you go to the site, you could try clicking around on the links on the opening document—remembering that you need to double-click on links to activate them—but you’ll quickly find that most of them don’t work. They’re long gone. So it’s probably going to be more fun to open a new page to use as your starting point.

Read this article on adactio for how the project came together and the CERN 2019 WorldWideWeb Rebuild site for all the rest.

Web browser and server timeline:


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