World wide web is 15 years old


World wide web is 15 years old

Tash Shifrin

The world wide web has quietly passed its 15th anniversary.

The web began as a project dubbed ENQUIRE, started by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 at the CERN physics laboratory on the France Switzerland border.

The project aimed to help researchers share information across computers, using the concept of hypertext links.

Links to the code behind the web were first posted to the alt.hypertext discussion board in August 1991. The first website went online later that year.

In 1993, CERN declared that the world wide web would be free for use by anyone. The html web page programming language was released the same year.

But despite the 15-year anniversary, Berners-Lee told this year’s World Wide Web Conference in Edinburgh that these are still early days. “We are at the embryonic stages of the web. The web is going to be more revolutionary,” he said.

He predicted “a huge amount of change to come” highlighting recent developments such as the Google search algorithm, the blogging online diary phenomenon and collaborative wikis.

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