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    In article <> I promised to post a short summary of the
    WorldWideWeb project. Mail me with any queries.

    WorldWideWeb - Executive Summary

    The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to
    make an easy but powerful global information system.

    The project started with the philosophy that much academic information should
    be freely available to anyone. It aims to allow information sharing within
    internationally dispersed teams, and the dissemination of information by
    support groups.

    Reader view

    The WWW world consists of documents, and links. Indexes are special documents
    which, rather than being read, may be searched. The result of such a search is
    another ("virtual") document containing links to the documents found. A simple
    protocol ("HTTP") is used to allow a browser program to request a keyword
    search by a remote information server.

    The web contains documents in many formats. Those documents which are
    hypertext, (real or virtual) contain links to other documents, or places
    within documents. All documents, whether real, virtual or indexes, look similar
    to the reader and are contained within the same addressing scheme.

    To follow a link, a reader clicks with a mouse (or types in a number if he or
    she has no mouse). To search and index, a reader gives keywords (or other
    search criteria). These are the only operations necessary to access the entire
    world of data.

    Information provider view

    The WWW browsers can access many existing data systems via existing protocols
    (FTP, NNTP) or via HTTP and a gateway. In this way, the critical mass of data
    is quickly exceeded, and the increasing use of the system by readers and
    information suppliers encourage each other.

    Making a web is as simple as writing a few SGML files which point to your
    existing data. Making it public involves running the FTP or HTTP daemon, and
    making at least one link into your web from another. In fact, any file
    available by anonymous FTP can be immediately linked into a web. The very small
    start-up effort is designed to allow small contributions. At the other end of
    the scale, large information providers may provide an HTTP server with full
    text or keyword indexing.

    The WWW model gets over the frustrating incompatibilities of data format
    between suppliers and reader by allowing negotiation of format between a smart
    browser and a smart server. This should provide a basis for extension into
    multimedia, and allow those who share application standards to make full use of
    them across the web.

    This summary does not describe the many exciting possibilities opened up by the
    WWW project, such as efficient document caching. the reduction of redundant
    out-of-date copies, and the use of knowledge daemons. There is more
    information in the online project documentation, including some background on
    hypertext and many technical notes.

    Try it

    A prototype (very alpha test) simple line mode browser is currently available
    in source form from node [currently] as


    Also available is a hypertext editor for the NeXT using the NeXTStep graphical
    user interface, and a skeleton server daemon.

    Documentation is readable using www (Plain text of the instalation instructions
    is included in the tar file!). Document

    is as good a place to start as any. Note these coordinates may change with
    later releases.


    Tim Berners-Lee Tel: +41(22)767 3755
    WorldWideWeb project Fax: +41(22)767 7155
    C.E.R.N. email:
    1211 Geneva 23

    Peace bd

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