As many as 3.9 billion people use internet today, more than half of world’s population and though, internet has been in development since 1960s, March 12, 1989 is a landmark date. On this day Tim Berners-Lee submitted his proposal for WWW.
The roots of the for the World Wide Web was sown when Tim Berners-Lee a British Physicist, had made a project in 1980, a project that talked about readable texts, embedded in links. And on this day in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee submitted his proposal of WWW in a rather descriptive format. What he initially thought to name it to be ‘Information Mesh’ or ‘Mine of Information’ came to be known as the World Wide Web. Lee with the help of Robert Cailliau had build the a ‘hyperetext project’, something which could be accessed through a browser only.
A year later, Tim published a brief summary of WWW, making internet accessible to the public.
In 1993, CERN, a European research organization, announced that internet would be free to each and everyone and shall have no fee for the use.
Here are five interesting facts about WWW!
- WWW was opened to public on August 23, 1991
- www.info.cern.ch was the first ever website on the Web
- The picture of “CERN house band Les Horribles Cernettes”was first among the photos to be uploaded
- Websites may be opened without adding WWW
- The web is decentralised, which means anyone can create a website
What is the difference between WWW and internet?
Though, people often use the two terms interchangeably, they are different things. While, the internet serves as the infrastructure as it an enormous global network of billions of servers, computers, and other hardware devices; any two devices can connect to each other as long as they have valid IP addresses.
While, World Wide Web, aka web, is one of the several ways information is shared on the internet, hence WWW can be seen as one of the services that operate on the infrastructure, the internet is.