Some people have been bugging me recently that “the history of the web” isn’t on my list of fundamental web literacy skills. I think that the history of the web is a cool topic, but I’m not sure we need to teach history for history’s sake. That said, there’s definitely some lessons to pull from the history of the web though, like openness being built into the web, so it’s worth keeping an eye on.
A friend of mine pointed me to this awesome historical artifact: Tim Burner’s-Lee announcement of a WorldWideWeb App in 1991.
WorldWideWeb is a hypertext browser/editor which allows one to read information
from local files and remote servers. It allows hypertext links to be made and
traversed, and also remote indexes to be interrogated for lists of useful
documents. […] For example, an index search returns a hypertext
document with pointers to documents matching the query. Internet news articles
are displayed with hypertext links to other referenced articles and groups.
It’s well worth a read. Especially considering the fact that 1991 was the year The Hunt For Red October came out, so it’s not that long ago.