Spinning the World-Wide Web

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History of the Web

March 1989
First proposal written at CERN by Tim Berners-Lee.

October 1990
Tim and Robert Cailliau submit revised proposal at CERN.

November 1990
First prototype developed at CERN for the NeXT.

March 1991
Prototype linemode browser available at CERN.

January 1991
First HTTP servers outside of CERN set up including servers at SLAC and NIKHEF.

July 1992
Viola browser for X windows developed by P. Wei at Berkeley.

November 1992
Midas browser (developed at SLAC) available for X windows.

January 1993
Around 50 known HTTP servers.

August 1993
O'Reilly hosts first WWW Wizards Workshop in Cambridge Mass. Approximately 40 attend.

February 1993
NCSA release first alpha version of "Mosaic for X".

September 1993
NCSA releases working versions of Mosaic browser for X windows, PC/Windows and Macintosh.

October 1993
Over 500 known HTTP servers.

December 1993
John Markov writes a page and a half on WWW and Mosaic in the New York Times business section. Guardian (UK) publishes a page on WWW.

May 1994
First International WWW Conference, CERN, Geneva. Approximately 400 attend.

June 1994
Over 1500 registered HTTP servers.

July 1994
MIT/CERN agreement to start W3 Organization.

October 1994
Second International WWW Conference, Chicago, Illinois, with over 1500 attendees.
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