Recently, I recorded an interesting conversation with Adrian McEwen. Adrian is co-founder of DoES Liverpool. Back in 1996, Adrian joined STNC and worked on early mobile browser technology. This was the HitchHiker framework which appears at the top of the timeline of web browsers included below. STNC was eventually acquired by Microsoft.
We then ran through a quick history of the World Wide Web and web browsers. We talked about the challenges of maintaining the web and pondered an alternate history.
Could the web have been easier to maintain? We share our thoughts on what might have been if the development of early browser engines had been an open collaborative endeavour.