25 years ago, the web was started as an idea for how to organise communication between a diverse group of people on a wide variety of devices. At the core, HTML holds it all together. Why did HTML and the web grow to dominate all other hypertext systems that came before, and go on to revolutionise human interaction? What is it about HTML that we should remember and respect, even as the web platform grows and changes?
Presented at jQuery UK, 16 May, 2014, in Oxford, England.
Read the audience reaction: https://storify.com/jensimmons/jquery-uk-talk
A Love Letter
The Web Ahead
of All Demos”
WWW =! Internet
photo by Anna Pantelia /CERN. Used with permission.
Proportion of FTP, web (HTTP), Gopher, News (NNTP), Mail (SMTP), Telnet, IRC and DNS trafﬁc on the NSFNET backbone 1992-1995
Journal of the American Society for Information Science (JASIS), November, Vol. 48, No. 11.
Brian R. Gaines, Lee Li-Jen Chen and Mildred L. G. Shaw, Knowledge Science Institute, University of Calgary
“I would have to create a system with common rules that
would be acceptable to everyone. This meant as close as
possible to no rules at all.
This notion seemed impossible until I realized that the
diversity of different computer systems and networks
could be a rich resource — something to be represented,
not a problem to be eradicated.”
— Tim Berners-Lee
No Central Authority
No Permission Needed
No Central Directory
Designed to Reduce
Barriers to Entry
“The magic of the web is getting to know other
people, really know them, who you would
otherwise never have had the chance to meet.”
— Carolyn Wood
The Web Ahead