etymology (sp?) of "Home Page"
Subject: etymology (sp?) of "Home Page"
From: "Daniel W. Connolly" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 1996 02:52:34 -0400
From email@example.com Sun Jun 23 02: 52:36 1996
An age-old thread that never dies...
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Date: Sat, 22 Jun 1996 16:49:28 GMT
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam M. Costello)
Subject: Re: Aha, so that's what HTML is! (hahaha)
On Sat, 22 Jun 1996, Melt van Schoor wrote:
> What's the definition of a home page anyway? I've seen it used to
> refer to basically anything...
Benjamin Franz <email@example.com> replied:
> I think it is not so much that it can refer to anything as it refers
> to different things in different contexts.
> 1) A homepage as the top level 'entrance page'
> to a web site (http://www.myserver.com/ or
> http://www.myserviceprovider.com/~myaccount/). Homepage in this
> context is the idea of a 'homebase page' or place to begin from and
> perhaps to return to.
> 2) A homepage as the entire collection of pages on a *personal*
> web 'sub-site' (http://www.myserviverprovider.com/~myaccount/*).
> Homepage here is used in the idea of 'My home. My place. My personal
I don't see the distinction you're trying to make.
Long ago, before the term "home page" entered common usage, someone (I
don't know who) suggested that a "home page" was a page that appeared
when you first started your browser, and reappeared when you clicked on
the "Home" button (or equivalent). Makes sense, yes? Ideally, a home
page in this sense should contain a variety of useful links pointing all
over the place.
On the other hand, the term "welcome page" was suggested for a page at
the conceptual entrance to a corner of the Web, whether it belonged to
an organization or an individual. Ideally, it tells what's available
in this area and mainly provides pointers inward, as opposed to a home
page, which provides pointers outward.
I thought these were good terms, and I still use them myself on my own
welcome page <http://www.cs.wustl.edu/~amc/>. It's a shame this usage
didn't catch on--it makes more sense.
(Sorry this isn't really on-topic for this list, but it's one of my pet
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