Google Doodle celebrates 30 years of World Wide Web

NEW DELHI: World Wide Web (WWW) has completed 30 years of existence, and Google marks the anniversary of the World Wide Web with an animated Google Doodle.

When the inventor of World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee submitted a proposal titled "Information Management: A Proposal" on this day in 1989 to his boss he received a reply that reads "vague but exciting." Sir Tim Berners-Lee was then a 33-year old software engineer.

It's worth noting that initially, Berners-Lee thought of this idea as to help his colleagues working at CERN, a nuclear physics laboratory in Switzerland, to share information amongst computers. "Berners-Lee's boss allowed him time to develop the humble flowchart into a working model, writing the HTML language, the HTTP application, and WorldWideWeb.app- the first Web browser and page editor. By 1991, the external Web servers were up and running," points out Google remembering how it all started back then.

However, for our readers, it's worth mentioning that they should not confuse the World Wide Web with the Internet. "The Internet has been evolving since the 1960s, the World Wide Web is an online application built upon innovations like HTML language, URL "addresses," and hypertext transfer protocol, or HTTP," explains Google.

Tim Berners-Lee today has also written an annual letter on the World Wide Web's 30th anniversary.

"Today (March 11), 30 years on from my original proposal for an information management system, half the world is online. It’s a moment to celebrate how far we’ve come, but also an opportunity to reflect on how far we have yet to go," Berners-Lee writes in the letter on The Web Foundation.

 

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