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Happy birthday world wide web!

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: March 12, 2014

  • www.thisiscornwall.co.uk as it looked in the year 2000

  • www.thisiscornwall.co.uk as it looked in the year 1999

  • www.google.com as it looked in the year 1999

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The world wide web is a quarter of a century old today - and haven't things changed?

25 years ago this week British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee first submitted his idea for what would become the web.

He was working at the Swiss physics laboratory Cern at the time, and his boss wrote on top of the proposal: "Vague, but exciting."

Berners-Lee went on to develop an invention that has revolutionised the world, based on his earlier software for storing information and designed to meet the demand for information-sharing around the globe.

Crucially, it offered the ability to click on links to access files hosted on computers located elsewhere and Berners-Lee wrote the protocols for the first web server, client, browser and editor.

The WWW launched publicly just two-and-a-half years later, on August 6, 1991 and now there are approaching 700million websites.

But our online story dates back to the beginnings of the web, in 1998, when there were just 750,000 commercial websites.

It was that year we launched our first online offerings, www.westbriton.co.uk, www.cornishguardian.co.uk and www.cornishman.co.uk, which were soon joined by www.thisiscornwall.co.uk.

The descendants of those early sites are today's offering of Cornish news websites, www.thisiscornwall.co.uk, www.westbriton.co.uk, www.cornishman.co.uk and www.cornishguardian.co.uk - websites which attracts more than 750,000 unique browsers every month from across the globe - telling Cornwall's stories to the world all day every day, thanks to Sir Tim Berner's Lee.

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  • DipStick  |  March 12 2014, 1:48PM

    So 'ThisIsCornwall' used to look quite good then ....? DS

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  • Restart  |  March 12 2014, 10:54AM

    Your website didn't have such irritating, ****** adverts plastered all over it back then.

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