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The World Wide Web

Twenty years after it was created, its inventors say that the web is not all done, and that the new changes will “rock the world.”

March 16, 2009 5:09 by

“The web is a world of information available at the click of a mouse. To use it, you need a computer, a connection to the internet, and a browser,” explains the CERN website.

“When you run your browser, it finds and displays pages of information. The function of a web browser is to interpret the programming language of the web pages, and transform it into the words and graphics that you see on your screen. If you need more information, all you have to do is click on a hyperlink. On each page, certain words, phrases, or even images are highlighted, and clicking on them causes the browser to go off and find another page, which probably contains more highlighted items, and so on.”

One important thing to keep in mind is that the web is not identical to the internet; it is only one of the many internet-based communication services, says CERN.

The organization says there are over 80 million websites across the world today, and the number is constantly increasing.


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