[SIGCIS-Members] History of 'Home' in internet browsers

Sue Thomas Sue.Thomas at dmu.ac.uk
Sun May 6 02:46:09 PDT 2012



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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