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Line Mode Browser

The Line Mode Browser was developed by the CERN WWW Project in the early 1990's. The World Wide Web was invented by Tim Berners-Lee in the late 1980's and early 1990's when he worked at CERN. Alongside nineteen members of the WWW Project, Berners-Lee collaborated on developing early web browsers. The first web browser that was created was named: WorldWideWeb: this browser was developed by Berners-Lee, but was only compatible with a specific software platform.

The second browser that was developed was called the Line Mode Browser, and it attempted to expand the amount of platforms that could access the web. The Line Mode Browser was created by three members of the CERN WWW Project:

  1. Henrik Frystyk Nielsen
  2. Nicola Pellow
  3. Tim Berners-Lee

The main developer of the Line Mode Browser was Nicola Pellow: who was a British student that was working at CERN. The Line Mode Browser was developed to be cross platform, and it worked across a range of platforms: the Line Mode Browser helped to popularise the early web - 1992-1994 - and was one of the most popular browsers during that period.

The Line Mode Browser was a text only browser, and was written using the C programming language. The Line Mode Browser was initially released in 1991, and to begin with it was only compatible with a limited number of Unix platforms; as time passed the browser was updated and it was compatible with more platforms. By 1995, the Line Mode Browser was compatible with the Linux, Mac and Windows platforms.


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