This day marks the 30th year when British physicist Tim Berners-Lee, on March 12, 1989, proposed a decentralised system of information management, signaling the birth of the World Wide Web (WWW). WWW is currently being used by millions of people all over the globe.
Google takes us down the memory lane as the Doodle illustrates this technology milestone with an animation showing block graphics that were common earlier.
English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He wrote the first web browser in 1990 while employed at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. The browser was released outside CERN in 1991, first to other research institutions starting in January 1991 and to the general public on the Internet in August 1991. The World Wide Web has been central to the development of the Information Age and is the primary tool billions of people use to interact on the Internet.
Lee’s proposal included a system of hypertext links, the possibility of clicking key words on one page and being led directly to the page dedicated to them, thus connecting to other pages.
“Not to be confused with the internet, which had been evolving since the 1960s, the World Wide Web is an online application built upon innovations like HTML language, URL “addresses,” and hypertext transfer protocol, or HTTP”, says Google in a blog post.
Meanwhile, in a letter published on March 11, Tim Berners-Lee hailed the opportunities the web had created, giving marginalised groups a voice and making daily life easier.
However, he warned saying, “it has also created an opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crimes easier to commit.”
Source: Moneycontrol, Wikipedia