Saturday, August 06, 2011

Nature News Blog: Happy birthday, WWW

It was twenty years ago today…

The web grew out of Berners-Lee’s original 1989 proposal for an information management system which would allow people at different sites to share their ideas and all aspects of a project. In 1990 the idea was accepted, and Berners-Lee’s vision of taking the idea of hypertext, and turning it into a working computer language, HTML, became a reality.

Running on a NeXT computer at CERN, the first web page isn’t much to look at, simply listing information about the WWW project, from the names of collaborators, to information about hypertext, and how to build websites. Looking at it now, it pretty much resembles the half-finished site of a student learning HTML. But this only serves to show how far we’ve come.

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Nature News Blog: Happy birthday, WWW

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