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A Brief History of the World Wide Web

Well, this is quite possibly the geekiest thing I’ve ever posted, but as a fact, it’s kinda cool.


March, 1989 – Tim Berners-Lee submits a proposal for a distributed information system at CERN.


December, 1990 – The world’s first website and server go live at CERN.


January, 1991 – The Web extends to the high-energy-physics community.


December, 1991 – The first web server outside of Europe was installed in December 1991 at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in California.


April, 1993 – CERN releases World Wide Web source code.


April, 1999 – Six years later, Deborah Ryder learns HTML and builds her first website in Notepad. She enjoys it so much she starts her own web design business two years later.


August, 2001 – DLR Web Design builds first professional website – becomes Monterey Bay Design seven years later. Still sometimes designs in Notepad.

With thanks to CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) for the timeline information and Sir Tim Berners-Lee for the World Wide Web.

If you’d like to read more about CERN and even view the very first website ever created using a simulation of the very first browser, (OMG. GEEK!) visit http://info.cern.ch/ On the very first website you will find the following statement which was, of course, written at the time:

Your comments will of course be most appreciated, on code, or information on the web which is out of date or misleading. If you write your own hypertext and make it available by anonymous ftp or using a server, tell us and we’ll put some pointers to it in ours. Thus spreads the web…

Tim Berners-Lee

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