2011-11-18

1990s web, emacs w3 browser, xemacs, nostalgia

Discovered a old W3C doc that proposes some HTML Entities to represent some commonly used icon-like symbols. What's interesting is that, one of the contributor listed: William M Perry, is the guy who wrote the “w3” web browser in emacs lisp. (See: See: www.emacswiki.org w3.) It's not just a text browser like lynx and many others. “w3” supports images, HTML table, and, and CSS too. Back in the 1990s, it's a big deal. It is bundled with XEmacs. I actually used it during 1999. If i recall correctly, Javascript support was planned but never implemented.

The w3 browser was declared abandoned around ~2006. Rather expected. Today's browsers are too complex to be implemented purely with emacs lisp.

Also of interest is that, in the file, you see some history of the web. Many of the icons proposed, are widely used in late 1990s. You see such things as telnet, gopher, ftp, uuencode, TeX DVI, “under construction” sign. See: Unicode: W3C Proposed Icons {Image, Video, Sound File, Trash, Keyboard, Mouse, …}.