Twenty-five years ago, March 12 1989, Tim Berners-Lee filed the proposal for what was to become the World Wide Web. His boss dubbed it ‘vague but exciting’. Luckily, he thought enough of the idea to allow Tim to quietly work on it on the side.
"In the following quarter-century, the Web has changed the world in ways that I never could have imagined." - Berners said - "There have been many exciting advances. It has generated billions of dollars in economic growth, turned data into the gold of the 21st century, unleashed innovation in education and healthcare, whittled away geographic and social boundaries, revolutionised the media, and forced a reinvention of politics in many countries by enabling constant two-way dialogue between the rulers and the ruled."
Here are a few key moments from the early days of the Web, as well as links to other valuable Web history resources:
- March 1989: “Information Management: A Proposal” written by Tim Berners-Lee (TBL) and circulated for comments at CERN.
- October 1990: TBL starts work on a hypertext GUI browser+editor using the NeXTStep development environment. He makes up “WorldWideWeb” as a name for the program and project.
- August 1991: Web software made available on the Internet via FTP.
- May 1992: Pei Wei’s “Viola” GUI browser for X test version
- February 1993: National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) release first alpha version of Marc Andreessen’s “Mosaic for X”
- April 1993: CERN’s declares that WWW technology would be freely usable by anyone, with no fees being payable to CERN.
- May 1994: First International WWW Conference, CERN, Geneva.
- October 1994: World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) founded
Here is how SRCE web looked like in 1992: http://www.srce.unizg.hr/arhiva_weba/19970526/index.htm. Read more about how the Web was growing into what it is today at http://www.webat25.org/, web dedicated to 25th web anniversary. Source: http://www.webat25.org/.