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The world’s first website went online 25 years ago

25 years ago from the 6th August 2016 the world’s first website went live to the public. The site, created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, was a basic text page with hyperlinked words that connected to other pages.

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Berners-Lee used the public launch to outline his plan for the service, which would come to dominate life in the twenty-first century.

“The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to make an easy but powerful global information system,” said Berners-Lee on the world’s first public website. “The project started with the philosophy that much academic information should be freely available to anyone.”

Berners-Lee wanted the World Wide Web to be a place where people could share information across the world through documents and links navigated with a simple search function.

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The NeXT computer Sir Tim Berners-Lee used to create the World Wide Web is still housed at CERN

 

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