First Ever Website Rides Again!

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Apr 30th


The first Web Address, with a Hyper Text Markup page was http://info.cern.ch. Hyper Text Markup Language, or HTML as it is now known, along with the Hyper Text Transport Protocol, Web Server and Web Browser, was invented by British physicist Tim Berners-Lee, back in 1989, while working at CERN.

At the time people were surfing using Gopher a protocol oriented towards a menu-document design and WAIS (Wide Area Information Servers) a basic text searching system. Gopher was essentially a competitor to Hyper Text Transport Protocol, developed at the end of 1991.

HTML and HTTP end up winning the race to become the de facto standard of the World Wide Web when on the 30th April 1993, CERN issued a statement that made W3, World Wide Web technology available on a royalty-free basis. This included a basic web server, basic web browser and a code library which utilised HTTP and HTML.

CERN is currently running a project on the 20 year anniversary of this event to restore the very first web page, a screen shot of which you can find below.

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