Portrait of Martijn

Historical Web Services

This page describes some services I developed in the early days of the Web (1993-1995). In many of these cases the emphasis was on providing services to make existing data collections available to web users.

ALIWEB

ALIWEB was a search engine based on automated meta-data collection, for the Web.

This system was presented at the First International Conference on the World-Wide Web, Geneva, 1994. Here is the paper: aliweb.pdf and ACM citation.

Note that I have nothing to do with aliweb.com. It appears some marketing company has taken the old aliweb code and data, and are using it as a a site for advertising purposes. Their search results are worthless. They claim to have trademarked "aliweb", but I have been unable to confirm in patent searches. My recommendation is that you avoid them.

ArchiePlex

Probably the most popular of the services listed here, ArchiePlex was Web interface to Archie, a search engine for FTP sites that pre-dates the Web.

This service was implemented as a script that used an existing command-line client to query external databases. Several sites around the globe offered this service to their users.

CUSI

CUSI was a simple tool that allowed you to search different search engines in quick succession, without having to re-type your keywords.

Since it was based on a simple script that redirected the browser to the search engine, this service was made available on a number of different web sites.

The Macintosh Catalog

The Macintosh Catalog was a Web search interface to the University of Michigan Macintosh public domain archive.

The RFC and Internet Drafts search engines

The RFC and Internet Drafts search engines provided a searchable Web interface to the IETF's RFC and Internet Drafts databases.

The Perl FAQ

This service was based on a script that processed the Perl FAQ (as plain text) from comp.lang.perl.misc, and transformed it into a collection of linked HTML pages.

The Robots Exclusion Protocol

See robotstxt.org.