First Generation Web Site Design

The Web Design Phenomenon
In 1993, the National Centre for Supercomputing developed the first freeware browser "Mosaic", within a year there were about two million users of this program. The mosaic browser is capable of viewing text and graphics, but within a very limited layout arrangement. * David Siegel, author of "Creating killer web sites" describes these web sites as being "First Generation Sites". David's comment is that they are linear, yet functional for scientists around the world to share information. The technology of these browsers limited the ability to provide graphic design information for visual communication.

There were many other associated technological restrictions at that stage which influenced the design of web sites, including:-

The background html was only capable of displaying this teletype model for laying of pages. These sites usually had headline banners, edge to edge text that ran for the full page with blank lines for segmentations.

In 1994, the W3C Consortium was established to set goals and standards for the future development of the web language, html.

The various levels of html code from that time followed through html 2, 3 and now 4. Since html ver 1, the W3C, Microsoft and Netscape Corporations have worked towards achieving a greater ability to provide dynamic content over the web. Microsoft and the Netscape Corporations have been in fierce competition to acquire the dominate market share of their browser products and their web technology. This competition has fuelled the rate of progress in the development of the web technologies.