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WorldWideWeb: Proposal for a HyperText Project

Last Edit: 10/01/17

WorldWideWeb: Proposal for a HyperText Project, is the title of a paper written by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau. In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper titled 'a
large hypertext database with typed links', which was a proposal to build a hypertext document system for CERN. This proposal failed to garner much interest from within CERN. Tim Berners-Lee asked for assistance from Robert Caillau to write a more 'concrete' and precise proposal that would succeed where his previous proposal had failed. In 1990, the collaboration of Berners-Lee and Cailliau resulted in the publishing of the document: 'WorldWideWeb: Proposal for a HyperText Project'.

The image, shown below, displays the introduction to the WorldWideWeb proposal.

Shows the introduction to the proposal for the World Wide Web, that was sent to members of CERN such as David Williams and others people, such as: P. Innocenti and G. Kellner

The proposal was sent to eleven people, the most prominent of whom was David Owen Williams: the leader of the Computing and Networks (CERN) Division.

The proposal was successful, and Berners-Lee and Cailliau received the 'green light' from CERN to begin the development of the World Wide Web. By the end of 1990, Berners-Lee and Cailliau had developed all the software systems needed to make the World Wide Web a 'live' service on the Internet. The World Wide Web was available as a public service on the Internet from the 6th of August, 1991. By the mid 1990's, the World Wide Web had become the Internet's most popular service.

However, it should be noted that the system proposed in 'WorldWideWeb: Proposal for a HyperText Project': was primarily a document system designed for CERN. It is highly unlikely that Berners-Lee foresaw that his hypertext system would have such a global impact and be applicable to such a wide spectrum of subjects for the general public. The World Wide Web, to begin with, was devised as a system that CERN scientists could use to share and access: reports, notes, databases, documentation and online help.