12 Facts About the World Wide Web


The World Wide Web is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators, interlinked by hypertext links, and can be accessed via the Internet.

Hypertext is text displayed on a computer display or other electronic devices with references to other text which the reader can immediately access, or where text can be revealed progressively at multiple levels of detail.

Information space is the set of concepts and relations among them held by an information system; it describes the range of possible values or meanings an entity can have under the given rules and circumstances.

A Uniform Resource Locator, commonly informally termed a web address is a reference to a web resource that specifies its location on a computer network and a mechanism for retrieving it.

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English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989.

Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee OM KBE FRS FREng FRSA FBCS, also known as TimBL, is an English computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web.

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He wrote the first web browser computer program in 1990 while employed at CERN in Switzerland.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, is a European research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.

A computer program is a collection of instructions that performs a specific task when executed by a computer.


The Web browser was released outside of CERN in 1991, first to other research institutions starting in January 1991 and to the general public on the Internet in August 1991.


The World Wide Web has been central to the development of the Information Age and is the primary tool billions of people use to interact on the Internet.

The Information Age is a period in human history characterized by the shift from traditional industry that the Industrial Revolution brought through industrialization, to an economy based on information computerization.


Web pages are primarily text documents formatted and annotated with Hypertext Markup Language.

Hypertext Markup Language is the standard markup language for creating web pages and web applications.


In addition to formatted text, web pages may contain images, video, audio, and software components that are rendered in the user's web browser as coherent pages of multimedia content.

An image is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example a two-dimensional picture, that has a similar appearance to some subject—usually a physical object or a person, thus providing a depiction of it.

Multimedia is content that uses a combination of different content forms such as text, audio, images, animation, video and interactive content.

Video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media.


Embedded hyperlinks permit users to navigate between web pages.

In computing, a hyperlink, or simply a link, is a reference to data that the reader can directly follow either by clicking, tapping, or hovering.


Multiple web pages with a common theme, a common domain name, or both, make up a website.

A website, also written as web site, is a collection of related web pages, including multimedia content, typically identified with a common domain name, and published on at least one web server.

A domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet.


Website content can largely be provided by the publisher, or interactive where users contribute content or the content depends upon the user or their actions.


Websites may be mostly informative, primarily for entertainment, or largely for commercial, governmental, or non-governmental organisational purposes.


In the 2006 Great British Design Quest organised by the BBC and the Design Museum, the World Wide Web was voted among the top 10 British design icons.

The Design Museum is a museum in Kensington, London, which covers product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design.

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