|Robert Cailliau’s original WWW logo.|
If you’d like to see the very first webpage Tim Berners-Lee and the WWW team ever put online, point your browser to http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.
For years now that URL has simply redirected to the root info.cern.ch site. But, because we all know cool URIs don’t change, CERN has brought it back to life. Well, sort of anyway. The site has been reconstructed from an archive hosted on the W3C site, so what you’re seeing is a 1992 copy of the first website. Sadly this is, thus far, the earliest copy anyone can find, though the team at CERN is hoping to turn up an older copy.
Be sure to view the source of the first webpage. You’ll find quite a few things about early HTML that have long since changed — like the use of < HEADER > instead of < HEAD > or the complete absence of a root
tag. There’s also a trace of Berners-Lee’s famous NeXT machine in the
CERN has big plans for the original website, starting with bringing the rest of the pages back online. “Then we will look at the first web servers at CERN and see what assets from them we can preserve and share,” writes CERN’s Dan Noyes. “We will also sift through documentation and try to restore machine names and IP addresses to their original state.”
In the mean time, have a look at the web’s original todo list and read more about the project to restore the first website over on Mark Boulton’s blog.
|CERN PhotoLab / Industry and Technology||CERN-IT-9304003|
The document that officially put the World Wide Web into the public domain on 30 April 1993.
Date: 30 Apr 1993
Keywords: domaine publique; public domain; web; computer
Available tirages: 01, 02
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