If you were wondering what the first web page looked like and had never seen it in actual, here is the revelation.
Cern has put up the world’s first we page as a part of its project to preserve the heritage of the World Wide Web. British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the web page in 1989, not too long ago. Considering how integral Internet has become in our lives, it is hard to imagine that there was a day when there were no web pages just a couple of decades ago. The restored web page is from the year 1992 and asks the viewer not to be disappointed by its lack of graphical features, in a later advertisement. The first sentence on the web page reads “The World Wide Web [aims] to give universal access to a large universe of documents.”
It is interesting how far we have come and how we are now able to carry these web pages in our pockets and in fact have almost replaced web pages with applications. The journey of the Internet has been incredibly quick and remarkable. Back then, World Wide Web was known as W3 and had to be accessed through ‘Telnet’, a program that resembles Terminal. Cern gave away the technology for free, thus enabling free Internet that is not controlled by a single company or person.
The project aims to preserve both hardware and software that made Internet and WWW possible. In the long term, these hardware and software pieces may stop functioning and the project believes Cern owes it to the future generations to safeguard the heritage of the World Wide Web. The team is looking for all artifacts associated with the Internet and the World Wide Web so that they can all be brought under a single umbrella and preserved.