World Wide Web
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- Location: World
- Date: 4/30/1993 (became public)
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- Known For: What you are currently viewing
The World Wide Web ("World-Wide Web", "W3") is most of the internet as you recognize it today. Some mistakenly refer to it as the internet in its entirety.
The idea was developed and implemented through the 1980's and early 1990s by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau, both employees at CERN. Berners-Lee created the first web browser (and document editor) for the many scientists at CERN to more easily keep track of each others' information and research. Likewise, he also had to write the first web server. CERN is well-known today for the Large Hadron Collider.
Berners-Lee and Cailliau described W3 in a 1992 paper as following the "hypertext paradigm." Basically, it is sharing documents that are connected through textual links (hypertext). Another important component is being able to seach for documents through other documents that serve as indexes. Does all this sound familiar?
In April 1993, Berners-Lee's code written at CERN became available in the public domain.
Tim Berners-Lee is now at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.