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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Tim Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web

Tim Berners-Lee (1955-now) is a British computer scientist best known for launching the World Wide Web at CERN in 1989. The rest of this post is some quotes from Berners-Lee.


"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." (Information Management: A Proposal, 1989)


"Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design." (


"The dream behind the Web is a common information space in which we communicate by sharing information." (


"I think, in general, it's clear that most bad things come from misunderstanding, and communication is generally the way to resolve misunderstandings - and the Web's a form of communications - so it generally should be good." (Interview with Scott Lanningham, 2006)