Magazine article Newsweek

The True Webmaster: This Guy Took the Internet to the Next Level

Magazine article Newsweek

The True Webmaster: This Guy Took the Internet to the Next Level

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In 1989, physicist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, transforming the Internet from an esoteric academic domain to the revolutionary medium we know today, as recalled in his new book, "Weaving the Web" (226 pages. HarperSanFrancisco. $26). He talked to NEWSWEEK's Jennifer Tanaka:

NEWSWEEK: What was the Internet like when you first proposed the Web?

BERNERS-LEE: There was e-mail. People could send each other messages but they couldn't put documents anywhere where they could share them. You couldn't go to a library. You could write an e-mail about the minutes of a meeting but you couldn't refer to it directly. There was a tremendous potential.

What was your original vision?

The whole idea is its universality. You should be able to use the Web for anything which is information. The power of the hypertext link is the fact that it can link to anything. I didn't envisage a separate system for electronic commerce and a separate system for academic works and a separate system for personal notes. …

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