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World Wide Web Quotes

We’ve collected the best World Wide Web Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Jon Postel, Robert Cailliau, Michelle Dean, Rebecca MacKinnon, Katie Hafner. Use them as an inspiration.

At one point, CERN was toying with patenting the World Wide Web.
Robert Cailliau
The ‘World Wide Web’, as people quaintly called the Internet in 1996, was more or less made up of text. There was no YouTube. There was no Facebook. There was, however, Usenet, a loose and difficult-to-navigate assortment of message boards.
When Tim Berners-Lee invented the computer code that led to the creation of the World Wide Web in 1990, he did not try to patent or charge fees for the use of his technology.
Berners-Lee started the World Wide Web as a set of protocols for transferring, linking and addressing documents to send over the Net. Without the global reach and open technical standards of the Internet, the Web could never have proliferated as it did.
If someone had protected the HTML language for making Web pages, then we wouldn’t have the World Wide Web.
Feng Zhang
I remember being given a demo of the ‘World Wide Web’ at Peter Gabriel‘s studio in the early 90s, and I had zero comprehension that I was staring into the future. I was just happy with my pager and teletext on the TV.
Tim Berners-Lee, the 44-year-old English physicist who created the World Wide Web, is precisely the kind of hero that a relatively simple invention with profound social and economic consequences should lay claim to. He is not just creative but democratic, diplomatic, polite and generous with credit and praise.
The advent of the Internet exposed the fact that the old business model for newspapers was broken. The world wide web fundamentally changed the media eco-system, challenging established journalistic practice in what is known as the mainstream media: radio, television, newspapers and magazines.
Lionel Barber
The World Wide Web went from zero to millions of web pages in a few years. Many revolutions look irrelevant just before they change everything swiftly.
When I was 14, I spent a huge amount of time on the Internet, but not the Internet we know today. It was 1994, so while the World Wide Web existed, it wasn’t generally accessible. Prodigy and CompuServe were popular, and AOL was on the rise, but I didn’t have access to the web, and no one I knew had access to the web.
Merely that I have a World Wide Web page does not give me any power, any abilities, nor any status in the real world.
Clifford Stoll
It’s just a very weird thing to have a relationship that’s commented on by the world wide web.
If there is no fundamental science then there is no basis for applied science. We have to strike a balance. 23 years ago the World Wide Web was born here. It has changed the world dramatically.
Rolf-Dieter Heuer
Yahoo is a global technology company that provides personalized products and services, including search, advertising, content, and communications in more than 45 languages in 60 countries. As a pioneer of the World Wide Web, we enjoy some of the longest-lasting customer relationships on the Web.
Thirdly, as we move through this process of integrating the communications, we will begin to emulate more of the World Wide Web in our work in the future.
Britain helped create the Internet – Tim Berners Lee created the World Wide Web, one of a long line of British scientists who have given us an outsized role in shaping our own digital future.
What we now call the browser is whatever defines the web. What fits in the browser is the World Wide Web and a number of trivial standards to handle that so that the content comes.
Ted Nelson