The World Wide Web is 30 Years Old
When Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989, he changed the world forever.
It’s been 30 years since a software engineer submitted a proposal for an information management system to help colleagues at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research)
Back then, it is unlikely the 33-year-old Tim Berners-Lee knew the power his “large hypertext database with typed links” would have on society.
But his “World Wide Web” would go on to revolutionise life as we know it and the anniversary of his achievement is being celebrated in today’s design of the Google Doodle shown above.
What is the World Wide Web vs the Internet?
It’s important to remember the World Wide Web and the Internet are two different things, and they should not be confused.
The Web is a much newer invention than the Internet, an idea which was first thought of in the late 1960s.
Following Sir Tim’s proposal, the Web was initialised during the early 1990s.
According to the website The Digital, the Web “represents a method of accessing content through the Internet” by following the hypertext transfer protocol, which is used online to transfer data and communications.
It is essentially an online application that uses the Internet to share information, whether that information is text, documents or content such as videos.
It follows the http protocol, a language which is used online to transfer data and can be accessed via the Internet from all over the world.
Any page that begins with http://www is a part of the World Wide Web.
Who is the World Wide Web inventor?
The World Wide Web was apparently born out of frustration after Sir Tim had to log onto a different computer every time he wanted to access different information, not on his main computer at work.
His “big idea” was to create a common language that would open hyperlinks between all the various networks.
After his boss allowed him time to develop his flowchart into a working model, Sir Tim created all the codes in 1989 (including HTML and HTTP) which still form the architecture of the web today.
By 1991 the external Web servers were up and running and the files on the project are made available for the first time.
Sir Tim’s original flow chart which started the process of creating the World Wide Web.