The personal brain-dump of Garrett Coakley


Nine people came together at CERN for five days and made something amazing. I still can’t quite believe it.

This is a wonderful project in celebration of the Web's 30th birthday, recreating the first ever browser, WorldWideWeb, which ran on NeXT machines.

My first job in technology, working on the computer support desk at Coventry University (back in 1995… eek!), involved looking after a number of NeXT machines. So even outside of the Web angle, this project is full of all sorts of nostalgia and memories for me. And how incredible is it that they've built the browser inside a browser!

I'm extremely pleased about how this site renders in WorldWideWeb, a testemant to the resilience of plain old semantic HTML

Polytechnic.co.uk displaying on WorldWideWeb, the first web browser

If you want to have a play with any of your own sites, getting started is a little different to these days:

  1. Launch the WorldWideWeb browser.
  2. Select "Document" from the menu on the side.
  3. Select "Open from full document reference".
  4. Type a URL into the "reference" field.
  5. Click "Open".

And remember, you need to double click on links to activate them.