[Air-L] History of 'Home' in internet browsers

Peter Timusk ptimusk at sympatico.ca
Sun May 6 03:17:43 PDT 2012


When I first started web surfing, in 1995, I thought of the word "site" as a
"job site" because I was doing some renovation painting jobs. So my context
for the word "site" was a work site.

I know this doesn't answer your question and suggests another question.

Peter Timusk
at571 at ncf.ca
ptimusk at sympatico.ca
web: www.crystalcomputing.net
blogs www.cyborgcitizen.org

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I wonder if anyone can help?  I'm trying to track down when and why it was
decided to use the term 'Home' and its accompanying icon in web browser
design. Does anyone have any information on that? 


We have got so used to it that it's almost invisible in our consciousness,
but Home is not default in every part of the world. In the Middle East for
example, that function is called the Main Page, not the Home Page. I'm
thinking that 'home' is probably an American concept in this context.


I'd also like to collect more equivalencies from non-English speaking
countries, so please do get in touch if your country's browser features
something other than 'home'.


I'd be most grateful for your thoughts on the above. Please reply
backchannel to sue.thomas at dmu.ac.uk



Many thanks






Sue Thomas
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