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The World Wide Web is 25 years old

We have to give it a mention, it's the reason we're here
Wed Mar 12 2014, 09:09

IT WAS 12 MARCH 1989 or thereabouts that the World Wide Web was born.

The exact date of the creation of the World Wide Web is debatable. After all it wasn't until 7 August 1989 that Tim Berners-Lee posted his design for a system to communicate between computers to the alt.hypertext news group.

However, on 12 March 1989, Berners-Lee submitted his proposal for the World Wide Web to the world. The proposal, titled "Information Management: A Proposal", read, "The hope would be to allow a pool of information to develop which could grow and evolve with the organisation and the projects it describes."

Berners-Lee - now Sir Tim - was initially looking for a way to use the internet, which had already existed for some time, to improve communications within the CERN complex in Switzerland where he was a computer scientist.

These days, we associate CERN with the Large Hadron Collider project, but it's worth remembering that the World Wide Web's genesis was also there.

At that time, of course, most of us were just getting to grips with the ZX Spectrum +2A, or perhaps the Atari ST, little knowing that a quiet revolution was taking place that would change computer users from outsiders to the geeks that inherited the earth.

Nine years ago, we published an article celebrating 15 years of the web browser. This was developed by Berners-Lee in 1990, and was named 'WorldWideWeb' before it was later renamed as 'Nexus'. No one could have imagined the impact that invention would have on the world.

Today, the web carries everything from the way we research essays or navigate cities and how we communicate with friends to the way we find a date. It has enveloped every aspect of our lives from the smallest daily activities to the largest life events.

Lest we forget, without the World Wide Web, The INQUIRER most likely wouldn't even exist.

So here's to you, World Wide web. A great revolution in the history of human communications has taken place during our lifetimes, and we might well consider ourselves privileged to have seen it. µ


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