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MacWWW

Last Edit: 10/01/17

MacWWW was the first web browser designed for the Apple Macintosh platform - it was also the first browser that was not designed for the Unix platform. The World Wide Web was developed in the late 1980's and was launched as an Internet service in 1991. The World Wide Web is based upon a server-client model: client applications (browsers) download web data from servers (computers connected to the Internet). The World Wide Web was invented by Tim Berners-Lee, and the first browser and web server software was designed on a NeXT computer; which ran an operating system that was derived from the Unix platform.

MacWWW was developed in 1992, and was designed by two people:

  1. Robert Cailliau
  2. Nicola Pellow

Robert Cailliau had played an important 'role' in helping Berners-Lee author a proposal to raise funding for the World Wide Web project. Robert Cailliau, like Berners-Lee, was a computer scientist employed by CERN in the 1980's. Nicola Pellow was also a CERN employee, and was a member of the CERN WWW Project.

The first web browser was WorldWideWeb and was designed by Berners-Lee. WorldWideWeb was a basic greyscale web browser and could only display text. Once Berners-Lee released the browser, Nicola Pellow ported the browser so that it worked on a range of computer platforms. The MacWWW browser borrowed heavily from the source code of the WorldWideWeb browser and the ported version of the browser, named: Line Mode Browser.

The MacWWW browser was released in December, 1992, and it was written using the C programming language. As was the case with early web browsers: MacWWW was discontinued when the Mosaic browser was released in 1993.