I know this is a rather odd question (and entirely for fun), but I was curious and searching Google didn’t turn up anything useful.
I was in the process of redesigning my site to use CSS more efficiently and be HTML 4.01 compliant, and while I was at it I figured I’d check it in as many ancient browsers as I could, just to see how graceful the failures were.
Looks surprisingly good in everything from Lynx (not technically ancient, but as bare-bones as they come) to Netscape 2.0 to WebTV, but for some reason when I tried to load it in NCSA Mosaic (the first “popular” web browser, for those not familiar with Net history) I get the following error:
Site Temporarily Unavailable
We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact the webmaster/ tech support immediately to have them rectify this.
error id: “bad_httpd_conf”
The DH main page and most other sites seem to load fine, so I’m wondering what’s up. I’m assuming there’s some issue with its HTTP version, but I thought Netscape 2 didn’t use HTTP1.1 either, and DH main (btw: invalid HTML3.2, guys? Oh, the shame!) works fine, so I’m confused.
I know it’s just academic, since NOBODY has used Mosaic for years, but perhaps someone better versed in these things can shed some light–my inner geek craves understanding.