World’s first cross-platform Web browser brought back to life

World’s first cross-platform Web browser brought back to lifeAre you feeling nostalgic for the days when using computers was very much a text-based experience?

Thanks to the resurrection of the world's first cross-platform Web browser, you can experience the modern Web without any images or video, just like it was in 1992.

The World Wide Web was created in 1989 and 1990 by Sir Timothy Berners-Lee at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The first Web browser was aptly named "WorldWideWeb." It only worked on the NeXT operating system, which Berners-Lee had used to create the Web.

It wasn't until 1992 that a cross-platform browser was created. It was called a "line-mode browser." And now it's back—complete with clicky noises each time you make a keystroke. As part of its project to resurrect the early Web, CERN created a simulation of the line-mode browser that can run in your modern browser.

World’s first cross-platform Web browser brought back to life

By default, CERN's new simulated version of line-mode will show you the first webpage ever published, also recently resurrected by CERN. The organization offered a bookmarklet that can be used to invoke line-mode on any site. Here's what it looks like on Ars:

Source: Ars Technica

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