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RETROWEB is an online service that allows users of vintage computers to browse classic web sites. It is the easiest way to browse the Internet as it appeared in it's early days.

  • Hundreds of classic web sites, and more are being added daily. Pages are reconstructed for historical accuracy.
  • Wide variety of vintage computers and operating systems supported.
  • Service made available through standard web proxy technologies, which is supported in almost every web browser.
  • Access to thousands of file downloads that are no longer available on the Internet.
  • Search the wide archive using period correct historical search engines and discover new web sites.
  • Access and browse restored FTP (File Transfer Protocol) archives.

Supported browsers

Our service uses a widely supported feature in web browsers called HTTP proxies. Due to the standard nature of this technology, our services have been tested to work with a wide variety of web browsers from different eras.

Service Development Status

SERVICE Description Progress Status Notes
HTTP HTML GET requests 100%
HTML POST requests 0%
Dynamic content: File Index 100%
Dynamic content: Server pages 100% Error codes (such as 404 error) reported to the web browser properly.
MIME types 100%
CGI scripts 75% CGI scripts work, but further improvements are needed, such as standard environment variables.
Search engines 40% Partial functionality with Inode and Yahoo search.
Page view counters 0% Planned for a future release.
HTML web chats 0% In progress.
News client support 0% Planned for a future release.
Multimedia streaming services 0% Planned for a future release.
WAP sites 0% Planned for a future release.
FTP Services on FTP 100%
System generated file indexes 100%
System generated pages 100% Error conditions handled and presented to the web browser.
MIME types 90% MIME type reporting handled mostly correct.
File descriptions 0% Planned for a future release.
GOPHER Services on Gopher 0% Planned for a future release.
TELNET Telnet services 0% Planned for a future release.
IRC Internet Relay Chat Server 0% Planned for a future release.
Messenger MSN/Windows Live Messenger 0% Planned for a future release.
retroweb/features.txt · Last modified: 2020-10-01 01:14 by omolini