A glimpse of the venerable NCSA Mosaic browser

Dominic Tramontana has posted an interesting analysis of how the Reload glyph varies between browsers; take a look! Dominic asked me to post a screen shot I have of NCSA Mosaic, the first graphic web browser developed in 1993 by Marc Andreessen.

The grab I dug up is of a Novell web page, from early 1995. Here it is (click image to see the full page).

NCSA Mosaic browser, 1995

Back then, black on gray was the accepted way to write a web page, and the use of the red “book” images was a really impressive touch, I recall. We’ve come a long way…

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