The software was invented in 1996 at Politecnico di Torino and abstracts about its original interface design were published for the first time within the papers of the ED-Media '97 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia, and Telecommunications in Calgary (The EDMedia 97 Paper about Iper).
In 1996, the common way to place a Web link was to write:
[[WYSIWYL|The WYSIWYL in Wikipedia]]
In 1996, with iPer, probably for the first time for a Web softwarethe author was able to choose the destination page with a click on a visual preview (a sort of Web browser), without having to type the actual file name or the URL (e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WYSIWYL ), and without having to be online (connected to the Internet) while performing the various edit on his/her hypertext document.
The first version of iPer required a server extension software (IPERserver), that was available for Unix-based and Windows-based web server platforms. iPer was then improved; an internal FTP publishing feature was added and so the software became capable of direct Internet publishing. It was then released as shareware and it was featured on several paper magazines and online magazines, in Italy (for example Internet News; October 1999; ISSN 1123-6027, PC World January 2000), USA (for example Information Week; April 2000, PC AI Magazine) and the rest of the world.