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WORLD WIDE WEB
World Wide Web (WWW), system of resources that enable computer users to view and interact with a variety of information, including magazine archives, public- and university-library resources, current world and business news, and software programs. The WWW can be accessed by a computer connected to an internet, an interconnection of computer networks or through the public Internet, the global consortium of interconnected computer networks.

WWW resources are organized to allow users to move easily from one resource to another. Users generally navigate through the WWW using an application known as a WWW browser client. The browser presents formatted text, images, sound, or other objects, such as hyperlinks, in the form of a WWW page on a computer screen. The user can click on a hyperlink with the cursor to navigate to other WWW pages on the same source computer, or server, or on any other WWW server on the network. The WWW links exist across the global Internet to form a large-scale, distributed, multimedia knowledge base that relates words, phrases, images, or other information. Smaller-scale implementations may occur on enterprise internets.

WWW pages are formatted using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), and information is transferred among computers on the WWW using a set of rules known as Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). Other features may be added to web pages with special programs, such as Java, a programming language that is independent of a computer's operating system, developed by Sun Microsystems. Java-enabled web browsers use applets that run within the context of HTML-formatted documents. With applets it is possible to add animation and greater interactively to web pages.

The World Wide Web was developed in 1989 by English computer scientist Timothy Berners-Lee to enable information to be shared among internationally dispersed teams of researchers at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (formerly known by the acronym CERN) near Geneva, Switzerland. It subsequently became a platform for related software development, and the numbers of linked computers and users grew rapidly to support a variety of endeavors, including a large business marketplace. Its further development is guided by the WWW Consortium based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Tim Berners-Lee Biography   from The Great Idea Finder
Invention of the Internet 
 
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History of Computing   from The Great Idea Finder

ON THE BOOKSHELF:
Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web
by Tim Berners-Lee, Mark Fischetti (Contributor) / Paperback: 246 pages / HarperBusiness; (2000)
Inventing the Internet
by Janet Abbate
/ Paperback: 272 pages / MIT Press; 1st edition (July 31, 2000)
Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet
by Katie Hafner, Matthew Lyon
/ Paperback: 304 pages / Touchstone Books, (January 1998)
How the Web was Born: The Story of the World Wide Web (Out of print.)
by Robert Cailliau, James Gillies
/ Paperback: 372 pages   Oxford University Press; (2000)
A Brief History of the Future: From Radio Days to Internet Years in a Lifetime
by John NaughtonPaperback: 327 pages  Overlook Press;1st edition (October 30, 2001)
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web
by Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville / Paperback - 226 pages (March 1998) / O'Reilly & Associates
From Memex to Hypertext: Vannevar Bush and the Mind's Machine
by James M. Nyce (Editor), Paul Kahn (Editor), Vannevar Bush / Hardcover - 367 pages (January 1992) / Academic Pr
Architects of the Web: 1,000 Days That Built the Future of Business
by Robert H. Reid /
Paperback - 320 pages (March 1999) / John Wiley & Sons
Each chapter examines the Web's business development through the story of some of its pioneers

ON THE WEB:

A Short History of the Web
Has told by Tim Berners-Lee.
(URL: www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/ShortHistory)
Tim Berners-Lee
This is the official site for Tim Berners-Lee. Here you will find his biography, slides from some talks, essays on web architecture, frequently asked questions, articles, and more. Sponsered by the World Wide Web Consortium.
(URL: www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/Overview.html)
World Wide Web Consortium
Leading the Web to its Full Potential.
(URL: www.w3.org)
World Wide Web
From the Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia.
(URL: encarta.msn.com/)
Woodstock of the Web
The first International WWW Conference, CERN, is held in Geneva on May 25-27, 1994 . Heavily oversubscribed (800 apply, 400 allowed in): VRML is conceived here.

(URL: www.cern.ch/WWW94/)
Integrating the Web into Existing Extension and Educational Technology
by R. Daniel Lineberger, Department of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University
(URL: aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/lineberger.html)

WWW Design Decisions in Perspective
Tim Berners-Lee, December 95: MIT 6.001 Guest lecture
(URL: www.w3.org/Talks/9512-6.001/)
A Brief History of the Internet
From the Internet Society
(URL: www.isoc.org/internet/history/brief.shtml )

Netcraft 2006 Web Survey
In Novenber, 2006 the number of Web site reached a milestone, 100 million  Web sites are on the World Wide Web.
(URL: news.netcraft.com/archives/web_server_survey.html)


DID YOU KNOW:

  • The World Wide Web should be spelled as three separate words, so that its acronym is three separate "W"s. There are no hyphens. You know that "worldwide" is a word in the dictionary, but World Wide Web is three words.
  • Use "Web" with a capital W to indicate that it is an abbreviation for "World Wide Web". Hence, "What a tangled web he wove on his Web site!".
  • Often, WWW is written and read as W3, which is quicker to say. In particular, the World Wide Web consortium is W3C, never WWWC.
  • Web Sites Statistics: April 1997 (1 million sites), February 2000 (10 million), September 2000 (20 million), July 2001 (30 million), April 2003 (40 million), May 2004 (50 million), March 2005 (60 million), August 2005 (70 million). April 2006 (80 million ) and August 2006 (90 million)., November 2006 (100 million).
  • November 2006, the number of Web pages exceeds 9 Billion.
Reference Sources in BOLD Type This page revised November 20, 2006.
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