1991 - The World Wide Web Begins

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Then Tim Berners-Lee said, "Let there be The Web"; and there was The Web.

In 1989, a physicist at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, created what we all know as The Web. Distinct from The Internet, a network of networks, Berners-Lee's World Wide Web was a protocol for transferring files over The Internet. Berners-Lee thought it would be convenient if he and his fellow scientists could share data while remaining at their respective work-stations. He theorized a "webbed" structure, with documents linking to each other.

After creating The Web, Berners-Lee drew from existing hyper-text languages to create the HyperText Markup Language, HTML. What stood out about HTML from its predecessors was the <a>, or anchor, tag. The anchor tag, as shown in the first website could link to local or external files, including media or other HyperText documents. Not much was included in the first version of HTML, mainly tags for paragraph text, <p>, headers, <h1> - <h6>, and lists, <li> & <ol>. Websites were stuck with no styling, just plain black text on a white background, which continued until the introduction of CSS in 1994.

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