Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Friday Review: Happy Birthday to WWW

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 13 March 09

We celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee's proposal that became the Internet; plus this week's news highlights.

"Vague, but exciting." The words used by Mike Sendall, Tim Berners-Lee's boss at CERN, to describe Berners-Lee's proposal for an information management system that evolved into what we now know as the Internet. That proposal was submitted 20 years ago today. 20 years – is that all? For me, the Internet seems to have been around forever. And spending my days as I do, working on the Total Telecom Website, life without the World Wide Web, as Berners-Lee eventually settled on calling it, is impossible to imagine. Working with systems engineer Robert Cailliau, Berners-Lee developed what was at the time designed to be a single information network to enable physicists at CERN to share the information stored on their individual computers. The pair came up with the name World Wide Web in May 1990 and set up Info.cern.ch as the world's first Web site. Servers outside of CERN sprang up the following year…

"Vague, but exciting." The words used by Mike Sendall, Tim Berners-Lee's boss at CERN, to describe Berners-Lee's proposal for an information management system that evolved into what we now know as the Internet. That proposal was submitted 20 years ago today. 20 years – is that all? For me, the Internet seems to have been around forever. And spending my days as I do, working on the Total Telecom Website, life without the World Wide Web, as Berners-Lee eventually settled on calling it, is impossible to imagine. Working with systems engineer Robert Cailliau, Berners-Lee developed what was at the time designed to be a single information network to enable physicists at CERN to share the information stored on their individual computers. The pair came up with the name World Wide Web in May 1990 and set up Info.cern.ch as the world's first Web site. Servers outside of CERN sprang up the following year…

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