Polytechnic

The personal brain-dump of Garrett Coakley

Happy birthday World Wide Web

In 1989, while at CERN, Tim Berners-Lee submitted “Information Management: A Proposal” to his boss, Mike Sendall.

We should work toward a universal linked information system, in which generality and portability are more important than fancy graphics techniques and complex extra facilities.

The aim would be to allow a place to be found for any information or reference which one felt was important, and a way of finding it afterwards. The result should be sufficiently attractive to use that it the information contained would grow past a critical threshold, so that the usefulness the scheme would in turn encourage its increased use.

Sendall wrote ‘Vague, but exciting’ on that proposal.

Massive understatement!

In 1996 I built my first website (for a friend’s band) which started me on a career that I still love to this day.

Happy 30th birthday World Wide Web, and thank you Tim Berners-Lee.