Tim Berners Lee : The Creator Of The World Wide Web

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Tim Berners-Lee has not even come close to attaining the same celebrity status that Microsoft founder Bill Gates has reached, but history may be kinder to him in the long run. Berners-Lee is the creator of the World Wide Web, the user-friendly, graphics-based interface for navigating around the Internet. Millions around the globe visit the Web daily, and in a way, it has evolved into its own life form. Information on nearly any subject can be retrieved, vast bookstores quickly perused, and speeches of international leaders played back. Its potential for use (and abuse) is staggering, but it was Berners-Lee, the son of two computer scientists, and his simple hypertext program that made it all possible. "The slender, 40-year-old British…show more content…
To do this he developed a software program he called Enquire, short for "Enquire Within Upon Everything," which was also the name of a vintage encyclopedia of knowledge that he had once loved. Enquire used the idea of "hypertext," a technique that links together information across documents through associative trails that allow users to jump from one "link" to another. For instance, the search term "cats" might also lead to links to "household pets" and "lions," almost in the same way the old card catalog in library would offer suggestions under "see also" headings. While hypertext was not a new idea, Berners-Lee 's Enquire program was--because it worked across several networks, not just one in-house server. His creation made possible the millions of connected servers that are now known as the Internet. Berners-Lee considered marketing Enquire, but knew that in time competitors would copy it and there might then exist several versions that were deliberately incompatible with one another. Such a structure would limit access to other networks, which was the beauty of the concept in the first place. These circumstances led to the evolution of the World Wide Web. "A vendor-neutral forum was essential for it to interoperate globally," Berners-Lee said in Forbes ASAP. "If I tried to cash in, there might never
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