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July 19th, 2000

Take a Trip Back in Browser History

If you want to take a trip back in time, so to speak, try using an old browser. No, I don’t mean use that copy of Internet Explorer 3.0 that’s stitting around somewhere on your hard drive, I’m saying: use an old browser. So old that it doesn’t recognize backgrounds or font colors.

One of my long time favorite sites for “classic” browsers is browsers.evolt.org. From there you can get pretty much any version of any browser to download and install. You kind of have to know what you’re doing so that you don’t install Netscape 1.1 overtop of your current version, but it’s interesting to look at what current sites would like in a browser like Mosaic or IE 1.5. (Side note: did you know that before Microsoft’s IE, Sprynet’s browser was called Internet Explorer?)

If you’re not bold enough to try installing an old browser on your system, a link I came across recently was dejavu.org, which allows you to emulate some old browsers via a Java applet in your current browser. -ram

Posted in Technology

FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday July 19, 2000 -- 9:45:29PM
I caught that site (dejavu) the other day myself, Ryan. I was surprised at how readable most sites are. And, of course, how sucky IE2.0 was.

If WAP devices become popular, I think we'll all be looking at text-based sites more seriously.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday July 20, 2000 -- 12:18:52AM
A while back I had to deal with browsing with lynx over a modem for several weeks and it really opened my eyes as to the reasons XML simply needs to take over. Content and style simply have to become separate entities as the Net proliferates in non-PC devices.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday July 19, 2006 -- 3:08:10 pm
Amazingly, the Browser Emulator at dejavu is still there and still functional!



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