History of Web Design

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History is the replica of the present. Thus, we have to press our flashback imaginary

buttons in order to have a sojourn in the times of yore.

We have to know the beginning in order to relate it to the present and the future.

In the case of web design, history is conclusive and clear and it is interesting to dwell a

tad in a world of imagination, art and craftsmanship. Together we go back…

In the late 1960’s, internet was used to transfer data between computers through the telephone

network system. The transfer was made possible by transmission control protocol/internet protocol

(TCP/IP). It was developed by Advanced Research and Projects Agency.

It was primarily developed for US military needs however, it was later used by some universities.

In 1969, aside from the creation of ARPANET, Generalized Markup Language (GML) was also created.

This was made possible by the brilliant minds of Charles Goldfarb, Edward Mosher,

and Raymond Lorie. GML was then used to facilitate text management in large information systems.


It was in 1980 when American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committee built on GML

and published a working draft of Standard GML, or SGML. This was later on adopted as the

standard system by government agencies, research companies and schools.

Few years after, a scientist working at CERN, the Nuclear Particle Physics Laboratory in Switzerland,

by the name of Tim Berners-Lee, invented the HyperText Markup Language (HTML) to define the structure

of Web pages. It is a standard hypertext language protocol and browser program that interrupts the

html version and converts it into text. HTML was used in a lot of contents and multi-media images

or anything that uses tables, graphics, audio, video, and mathematics symbols.

Berners-Lee is also responsible for the early developments in the web’s ability to link

academic papers like books researches and studies electronically. Another contribution was the

inception of the concept of internet to answer the intellectual and emotional queries of people

around the world.

It was also in 1980’s when the web experienced a rapid evolution.

The changes are now used by business, education, government and other companies and entities.

This is the ear when the World Wide Web was developed by a scientist who has explored communication

methods through computer network.

Early on, browser programs were only capable of viewing texts, but nowadays, they have already

developed into a wide range of computer platforms. Aside from that, there is also lots of

authoring software available these days. In fact, it has turned very user-friendly that children

can very well understand and use it!