Written by:2009/03/17 08:44 AM
The internet has turned 20 years old. Better known as the "World Wide Web". Its birth has completely transformed the way we live.
Its history dates back to 13 March 1989, when a British computer scientist, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, best known as CERN Laboratory, came up with the idea in a research paper on March 13, 1989. Sir Tim gave it to his boss at the CERN nuclear research centre, who called it “vague but exciting”.
At that time, the use of internet was limited to defence and academics domains only. The WWW, was not what we know it today, limited by text communication only, with very little interactivity. Things like text chat, as about the most interactive that you could get.
Sir Tim gave the document to his boss at the CERN nuclear research centre. His response was, “vague but exciting”. The first website was built at the lab in Switzerland and went online in 1991. Today we have more than 80million websites worldwide, containing millions and millions of pages.
The document, Titled, "Information Management: A Proposal", build on the Standard Generalised Mark-up Language,or SMGL, in an effort to simplify it. It described what is now known as world wide web or the internet. As resulted Hyper Text Mark-up Language (HTML), was born. A coding type language which outlined methods used to present images and texts in the web format. When this language got combined with Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and Uniform Resource Locator (URL), the Internet as we know it today was born. It was the building blocks for a framework that would support the sharing of electronic documents in an electronic format.
Today not only can we see pictures and documents online, but video, animation. We can chat, interact, and even use the internet to phone and have live video feeds. We do our banking, and shopping online. we can even follow major surgery online.
Who knows where the Internet will be in the next twenty years, but here we look forward to a wonderful journey of discovery and enlightenment.
How has the Internet Improved your life?
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