Tim Berners-Lee

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Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee (born June 8, 1955) is the inventor of the World Wide Web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium, which oversees its continued development.

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  • Legend has it that every new technology is first used for something related to sex or pornography. That seems to be the way of humankind.
  • Anyone who slaps a 'this page is best viewed with Browser X' label on a Web page appears to be yearning for the bad old days, before the Web, when you had very little chance of reading a document written on another computer, another word processor, or another network.
    • in Technology Review, July 1996
  • I just had to take the hypertext idea and connect it to the TCP and DNS ideas and -- ta-da! -- the World Wide Web.
  • The web is more a social creation than a technical one. I designed it for a social effect — to help people work together — and not as a technical toy. The ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our weblike existence in the world. We clump into families, associations, and companies. We develop trust across the miles and distrust around the corner.
    • in Weaving The Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web"
Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.
  • Anyone that tries to chop it [the Web] into two will find that their piece looks very boring.

Attributed

  • If you use the original World Wide Web program, you never see a URL or have to deal with HTML. That was a surprise to me - that people were prepared to painstakingly write HTML.
  • Sites need to be able to interact in one single, universal space.
  • The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.
  • The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.
  • They may call it a home page, but it's more like the gnome in somebody's front yard than the home itself.
  • Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design.
  • What is a Web year now, about three months? And when people can browse around, discover new things, and download them fast, when we all have agents - then Web years could slip by before human beings can notice.
  • You affect the world by what you browse.
  • I got into a lot of trouble when somebody called me "The Creator of the World Wide Web". I got an angry call from somebody who said that it was preposterous because I couldn't have written all that stuff.
  • Imagine that everything you are typing is being read by the person you are applying to for your first job. Imagine that it's all going to be seen by your parents and your grandparents and your grandchildren as well.

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