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World Wide Web

November 19, 2021

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The dawn of the web.

In March 1989, Tim Berners-Lee, at the time employed at CERN, proposed an information management system that would link documents from different computers through hypertext. With this, he wanted to solve a problem that many of his colleagues had at that time: 

The exchange of projects and information dispersed on computers all over the globe. 

The solution: A system that uses hypertext to link documents over the Internet.

His boss was not impressed. Nobody was.

So he went back to the drawing board and together with Robert Cailliau, refined the concept and issued a new proposal. 

After endless back and forth it finally got approved.

With a NeXT computer (oh hey Steve) he developed technologies that made the web possible as we know it today, such as Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and Uniform Resource Locators (URL’s).

On August 6, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee finally published the first public web page:

http://info.cern.ch

Now his baby needed a suitable name.
Because Mine of Information and Information Mesh sounded incredibly sh****, he finally settled for WorldWideWeb.

Here’s a look at the magnificent first browser: https://worldwideweb.cern.ch/browser.

Shortly afterwards, CERN had the brilliant idea of patenting his invention. This time around Tim wasn’t impressed: “Had the technology been proprietary, and in my total control, it probably would not have taken off. You can’t propose that something be a universal space and at the same time keep control of it.”

In short:

“This is for everyone.” – Berners-Lee

tim berners-lee portrait

written by dac

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