Gopher is a distributed document search and retrieval network protocol designed for the Internet. Its goal is to function as an improved form of Anonymous FTP, with features similar to that of the World Wide Web.
The Gopher protocol offers some features not natively supported by the Web and imposes a much stronger hierarchy on information stored on it.
Its text menu interface is well-suited to computing environments that rely heavily on remote computer terminals, common in universities at the time of its creation.
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