Updated 25 May, 2013, 12:21 pm IST
WWW, And Not The Internet Turns 20
| by Rossi Fernandes |
Just a few days back, we wished DOS on its 30th birthday. On August 6th, the World Wide Web (also called WWW) turned 20. The Internet itself has been around for much longer. The first web page that went online was on the 6th of August, 1991. It was posted by its creator, Sir Berners-Lee, a computer scientist and MIT professor. He posted some of the details of the WWW project back on a newsgroup post in 1991. The WWW was designed to store documents, and links. Indexes would contain links to other documents and other indexes. The HTTP protocol would be used to let users connect to the servers and access this information. Other protocols such as FTP and NNTP would continue to be used.
The first web server
URLs were used to locate web pages and HTML (HyperText Markup Language) would be used to design the pages. Things have evolved a lot, since then. The WWW has expanded at an explosive rate and there is so much new content being uploaded to it every second. The WWW has seen a lot, everything from hacking incidents to dot com crashes and specifications upgrades, since the start. There has been some confusion as some believe that the Internet started in 1991, which is not the case.
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