textarea elements/attributes. It even gave us support for the (now cool again) animated GIF.
While I wanted to write this up last year, by the time I remembered to I couldn't get data for 2011 (Navigator 2's 15th anniversary). Now that I let it lapse, however, I have data from 2011 to use for my screen shots.
Top 10 Sites of 1996 in Navigator 2.02
What I have done is gone back and looked at the most visited domains in 1996 — the year that Netscape 2 was making it big (2.0 came out in September of 1995, but factor time for adoption and sites to adapt, and 1996 represents more of the Netscape 2 world). I fired up my copy of Netscape 2.02 (which you can get from the evolt.org browser archive), set it to 640 x 480, and went about visiting the modern versions of the top 10 sites of 1996. You may note that some have gone away. Clicking the image will bring you to a larger size.
Top 10 Sites of 2011 in Navigator 2.02
Bonus for 16 Years of Animated GIFs
As you watch this video from PBS, remember that Netscape Navigator 2 really made animated GIFs possible by adding support for and popularizing it, now re-popularized in some odd hipster fascination with low-tech fun (on JS-only sites, of course).
Please don't say
Ghiff. Otherwise you should call it the
Jraphic Interchange Format, and that's just silly. Unless you're a hipster too cool to use the accepted name and too young to remember its introduction.
Browsers from 1996 are fun.
Update: October 14, 2014
Netscape is ten years old now, and Engadget covered it back in May: Whatever happened to Netscape?.