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Last Edit: 10/01/17

One of the earliest web browsers was MidasWWW: designed by Tony Johnson, who was a physicist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). The first release of MidasWWW was on the 16th of November, 1992. The first browser was WorldWideWeb - developed by the inventor of the World Wide Web: Tim Berners-Lee - and was released in 1991. In 1992, in the region of five-six new browsers were released: MidasWWW being one of them.

None of these browsers would have a long term impact or success: the Mosaic browser was released in 1993, and was the first browser to greatly expand web usage. MidasWWW was a Motif/X based browser, and it's name 'Midas' stands for ''Motif Interactive Data Analysis Shell'.

MidasWWW was designed to be compatible with the VMS and Unix operating systems; it was the first browser that was compatible with VAX computers. MidasWWW was a text-only browser: it was capable of displaying a multi-font hypertext document, and also featured a source code viewer. The MidasWW browser was downloaded from the following domain name: It appears that the URL is not longer available, and SLAC no longer provides a download for the browser.