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Historic web page recovered by online appeal

Last Updated: Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 18:04

London: An attempt to recover the first web page from the earliest days of web world has been successful.

The page recovered belonged to 1991 and was demonstrated by Sir Tim.

Cern launched its project to recover artefacts and documents from those earliest days. Web creators Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau initiated a public appeal for files, hardware and software tracing the earliest days of web world.

The BBC reported that the online appeal resulted in the recovery of the page. The original page is missing because the creator Sir Tim did not preserve the early work.

Much of the data about the first web pages has been lost because of the way the men worked as they were developing technology.

Dan Noyes, web manager at Cern`s communication group, said that when the early web developers updated they just replaced and over-wrote the file and never saved a copy of it.

However, this one page was recovered because Paul Jones, one of the people to whom Sir Tim showed his webpage and demonstrated how it would work at the Hypertext 91 conference, kept a copy of the page because he had the same Next computer, which Sir Tim used for the demo.

There is a potential of recovering other relics from the web`s earliest days through Mr. Jones` computer but for the moment it is difficult as the password for the hard drive has been forgotten.

Noyes said that work was underway in recovering the password and also sorting the huge mass of material gathered as a result of the public appeal, the report added.


First Published: Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 18:04
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