Happy 30th Birthday World Wide Web!

World Wide Web is 30 today

The World Wide Web has grown to the extent that we cannot now image a world without it. From education to e-commerce, it is part of our everyday lives. And it was invented on this day (12th March) thirty years ago!

It all began when Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a software engineer at CERN, realised that information could be shared on the internet* by an emerging technology called HyperText. He made a visionary proposal and later developed three fundamental technologies that to this day remain the foundations of the web, namely, HTML (HyperText Markup Language), URI (Uniform Resource Identifier also known as URL) and HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol), which is the underlying protocol used by the World Wide Web.

Realising that the web could be made accessible to anyone, people outside of CERN were invited to join this new web community. Revolutionary ideas originally produced by the web community have found applications beyond the technology sector, spreading into a number of different fields such as politics, education, scientific research and culture.

These principles included decentralisation, non-discriminatory ideals, a bottom-up design, consensus and universality. The World Wide Web Consortium was founded later in 1994, and Tim remains the director to this day, and continues its visionary approaches to continually build a better web that serves all of humanity.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) tackle issues such as the fact that more than half the world’s population is still not able to get online as well as the risks posed by the web to privacy, democracy and rights. Fighting for digital equality, women’s rights online as well as for affordability of the internet, they are rethinking the way things are done, which may again have positive impacts on other fields.

*(The terms internet and World Wide Web are often used interchangeably, by do not mean the same thing! The internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks whereas the World Wide Web is a global collection of resources linked by hyperlinks and URLs.)

Today, Google has dedicated a Doodle to the World Wide Web for its thirtieth anniversary!

google doodle world wide web

With resources readily available at your fingertips, finding the inks and toners for your printer is just a click away! At Ink N Toner UK, we are happy the WWW exists, which means that we not only have a physical store but also an online site. Check us out at https://www.inkntoneruk.co.uk/ we have a wide range of original and compatible inks and toners for you at great prices!

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