7 things to know about the World Wide Web as it celebrates...

7 things to know about the World Wide Web as it celebrates 30 years

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Tim Berners-Lee

March 12 marks a significant milestone in British technology with the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web.

In 1989, working at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, Sir Tim Berners-Lee submitted a proposal for information management that would go on to transform the way people communicate and consume information.

Here are some interesting facts about the World Wide Web:

– The World Wide Web was developed out of frustration

Sir Tim invented the World Wide Web because he was frustrated to have to constantly log on to a different computer every time he wanted to access different information not on his main computer.

– ‘Vague but exciting’

Sir Tim’s boss at CERN, Mike Sendall, left three short but powerful words when he first received the proposal paper for the World Wide Web: “Vague but exciting.”

At the end, he simply said: “And now?”

– The World Wide Web is not the same as the internet

The World Wide Web and the internet are wrongly confused as the same thing – something Sir Tim is quick to correct people on.

The internet, which is a network of networks formed of computers, existed long before the World Wide Web.

WWW is the transfer of information, whether it be text, documents or other rich content like videos.

– The World Wide Web was almost called something completely different

Sir Tim considered a number of name options before settling on World Wide Web.

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