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Gopher is an application layer internet communication protocol for accessing remote documents, similarly to HTTP or Gemini. It is intended as a third alternative to those protocols.
The design of the Gopher protocol and user interface is menu-driven, and presented an alternative to the WWW in its early stages, but ultimately fell into disfavor, yielding to HTTP. The Gopher ecosystem is often regarded as the effective predecessor of the WWW.
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