Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Happy belated birthday WWW!

The Web is 16

I was reminded this morning that what has been my bread and butter for the last 12 years turned 16 yesterday.

Initial WorldWideWeb program development continues on the NeXT (TBL) . This was a "what you see is what you get" (wysiwyg) browser/editor with direct inline creation of links. The first web server was nxoc01.cern.ch, later called info.cern.ch, and the first web page http://nxoc01.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html Unfortunately CERN no longer supports the historical site. Note from this era too, the least recently modified web page we know of, last changed Tue, 13 Nov 1990 15:17:00 GMT (though the URI changed.)

A dot on the historical timeline, the Web has to be right up there among the quickest and most influential revolutions the World has so far witnessed.

And what a feisty teenager it can be... Here's to another 16 years! :)

No comments: