A rough start

With all due deference to the genius of Tim Berners-Lee, the very first web page could have done with a bit more T.L.C.

The page went live on August 6, 1991 at the European organisation for Nuclear Research, CERN. It welcomed us to: “a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents“. 

From there on, one followed “hypertext links” to pages such as the “Frequently Asked Questions” document, which begins:

“An FAQ list is really a cop-out from managed information. You should be able to find everything you want to know by browsing from the WWW project page, as everything should be arranged in a logical way.”

Ah, good times!

You’ll find these pages lovingly preserved here:



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