The Evolution of the Web

I happened to visit a website yesterday using my Google Chrome browser when I was presented with the message “You have an unsupported browser – make sure that you are using Netscape 4 or better or Internet Explorer 6 or better.  Whoa!  What a flashback that was.

I had a positive flashback to Netscape and how I used to use Composer as a webpage editing tool.  Ah, that takes me back.  But, how far?  I decided to do some research and find out just how far.  It was then that I ran into the resource “The Evolution of the Web“, a very well done, interactive walk through the history of web browsers.

It’s a wonderful and incredibly useful display of web technologies and the browsers that support and/or drove it.  Did you know that there really was an HTML 1.0?  How far back in time do you have to go  to find it?  For those of us who have been connected for a while, it really is a nice review of just how far we’ve come.

For those web historians or classrooms that are teaching about the various web technologies and applications, it would be a terrific launching pad for research.  Even the presentation shows how the various components weave the web that we all enjoy today.

And, for those who are checking browsers when people visit your website – maybe it’s a wake up call to see if you can’t make more contemporary recommendations for browsers!  Do we really want to see a Mosaic revival?

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