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WorldWideWeb wide-area hypertext app available


Tim Berners-Lee Aug 19, 1991 11:01 PM
Posted in group: comp.sys.next.announce

The WorldWideWeb application is now available as an alpha release in source
and binary form from info.cern.ch.

WorldWideWeb is a hypertext browser/editor which allows one to read information
from local files and remote servers. It allows hypertext links to be made and  
traversed, and also remote indexes to be interrogated for lists of useful  
documents. Local files may be edited, and links made from areas of text to  
other files, remote files, remote indexes, remote index searches, internet news  
groups and articles. All these sources of information are presented in a  
consistent way to the reader. For example, an index search returns a hypertext  
document with pointers to documents matching the query.  Internet news articles  
are displayed with hypertext links to other referenced articles and groups.

The code is not strictly public domain: it is copyright CERN (see copyright  
notice is in the .tar), but is free to collaborating institutes.

Also available is a portable line mode browser which allows hypertext to be  
browsed by anyone with a dumb ascii terminal emulator.  Hypertext may be made  
public by putting on an anonymous FTP server, or by using a HTTP daemon. A  
skeleton HTTP daemon is also available in source form. A server may be written  
to make other existing data readable by WWW browsers. Files are

    /pub/WWWNeXTStepEditor_0.12.tar.Z    NeXT application + sources
    /pub/WWWLineMode_0.11.tar.Z          Portable Line Mode Browser
    /pub/WWWDaemon_0.1.tar.Z             Simple server

Basic documentation is enclosed. Details about our project and about hypertext  
in general are available in hypertext form on our servers, as are lists of  
known bugs and features.

This project is experimental and of course comes without any warranty  
whatsoever. However, it could start a revolution in information access. We are  
currently using WWW for user support at CERN. We would be very interested in  
comments from anyone trying WWW, and especially those making other data  
available, as part of a truly world-wide web.

Tim BL
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