Some of us would want to travel back in time and see how the old web pages looked like. It certainly gives us nostalgia and takes us back to our earlier days, when the Internet was super slow, not so beautiful and well, not very efficient also. However, it certainly had its own charm. Here is our chance to look back into the time and surf the web pages in the old way; thanks to oldweb.today; an innovative project by Ilya Kreymer, with support from Rhizome.
How to use oldweb.today to surf the old web
As Rhizome describes, old web pages connected to the users more than the modern web pages. Modern web browsers have a design that amalgamates with its visual surroundings. On the other hand, old web browsers had a lot of icons that were associated with travel, conveying that the users are going on a journey. oldweb.today takes you to the journey of these old web browsers, where the real world was different than the digital world, unlike today.
oldweb.today acts as an emulator or an imitator for the old Internet. Instead of simply archiving web pages and freezing them in time to be revisited, the project focuses on recreating the experience of going to those sites. This is certainly happening for the very first time.
On the front page of oldweb.today, you can select a web browser from the range of web browsers from different time periods. These web browsers allow users to understand the impact that the browser environment had on the experience of the web.
After the selection of the web browser, oldweb.today allows you to check out Yahoo’s home page from October 1996, using Internet Explorer 4.01. If you want to check out any other website, simply enter the respective web address, select your preferred browser, and set a target date for archived content.
The app, oldweb.today will check the sites like Internet Archive for the closest match.
What changes you can see on the web pages with the help of oldweb.today
In case if you have forgotten those old web pages and how the web browsers functioned in the early days; oldweb.today will help you understand. There are many changes that you will see when you use oldweb.today for surfing a particular web page. You might notice the following changes:
- The browser environment has changed along with the users’ experiences of the web.
- This directly applies to how users see and interact with web pages.
- In old days’ web browsers, you can see the HTML tags are deprecated
- Even the design for the drop-down menus is different.
- Modern day plug-ins are no longer supported in the old days’ web browsers.
- Even the most well-preserved page may be subject to quite a drastic change over time.
The only thing you will notice that hasn’t changed even today is the HTTP protocol. The protocol, which is the foundation of the web, has remained pretty much unchanged since its initial release, reports Rhizome.
How oldweb.today is different than the other emulators
oldweb.today is not the only emulator in the industry. It is pretty similar to bwFLA’s Emulation as a Service, which imitates the legacy computer systems on the server side. However, oldweb.today uses a suite of tools to mimic the original versions of the browsers. It imitates even the exact pixels of that particular web page. However, oldweb.today cannot support sound in this process. As mentioned by Rhizome, oldweb.today is a specialized and lightweight browser-emulation framework. For recreating the old days’ magic, this app connects the legacy browsers with web archives.
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