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August 7, 2012 AT 7:46 am

Aug. 7, 1991: The World Wide Web

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Aug. 7, 1991: The World Wide Web @ WIRED.

1991: The World Wide Web becomes publicly available on the internet for the first time.

The web has changed a lot since Tim Berners-Leeposted, on this day, the first webpages summarizing his World Wide Web project, a method of storing knowledge using hypertext documents. In the months leading up to his post, Berners-Lee had developed everything necessary to make the web a reality, including the first browser and server.

His historic post appeared on the alt.hypertext newsgroup, ending a journey that began back in 1980, when Berners-Lee was at CERN, an international particle physics lab located near Geneva, Switzerland. There, working with collaborator Robert Cailliau, Berners-Lee began the Enquire project, the forerunner to what would become the web.


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1 Comment

  1. Any idea what browser he’s using? The X Windows environment reminds me of college… 🙂

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