by Kasey Cassells Company IDG Connect
Twenty years ago this week, Berners-Lee posted a summary of the project on the CERN International Newsgroup, announcing that soon, with the click of a mouse or by typing a command, we would be able to “access the entire world of data”.
This announcement, as momentous as it seems today, went largely unnoticed. Although the Internet had been used as a document sharing tool for years in institutions such as Berners-Lee’s workplace, the CERN physics lab, the World Wide Web project marked the first time web services were publicly available.The rise of WWW was a slow one. The text-based online world was not accompanied by an image (albeit on a separate page) until 1992, and it was not until the arrival of the Mosaic web browser in 1993 that people really started to take notice – images were finally embedded alongside text and links were made easier to follow. From 1995, Microsoft included its Internet Explorer browser with all new machines, and web browsing as we know it had arrived.