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Erwise

Last Edit: 10/01/17

Erwise is one of the earliest web browsers, and the first point and click browser. Erwise was developed in early 1992, and it's first release was on the 15th of April, 1992. Just as with other early web browsers, Erwise was soon eclipsed by the Mosaic browser, and the final release of Erwise was on the 25th of April, 1994. That said, Erwise, while it was being developed, was an important browser: which is documented by the fact that Tim Berners-Lee (World Wide Web inventor) visited Finland to encourage the continuation of the browsers development. Erwise was developed by a team of students from the Helsinki University of Technology: K. Suominen, K. Nyberg, K. Sydänmaanlakka and T. Rantanen. Tim Berners-Lee wrote a review of the Erwise browser, and stated that it's features were: support for multifont text; operates in multiple windows; can open local files; but, was let down by a lack of documentation in English. Tim Berners-Lee concluded that Erwise was a professional browser, that was impressive: due to the fact that the students produced the binaries from scratch. The students who developed Erwise could no longer afford to fund it's development; it is claimed that Berners-Lee would have continued it's development, but the browsers documentation was in Finnish.