A short history of Mark-up and the WWW
In the beginning...
The Internet and email have both been around for some time now.
The initial Internet was actually developed by the US military
as a means of communication that was impossible to break! It was
thought that if there were thousands of communication points
(rather than just a few transmitters) then it would be possible
to transmit a message even when many communication points had
been destroyed. No-one imagined that the Internet would become
a house-hold tool for many people throughout the world!
Until 1989, the Internet was primarily used by computer geeks
who knew all the required tools and commands. But everything
changed when Tim Berners-Lee of the CERN nuclear research facility
near Geneva, Switzerland, introduced Hypertext documents.
Hypertext documents made it very simple to follow links to related
information, regardless of which country the information is stored
in - all that was required was a single click of the mouse! Yet
these links also had an implication for the way people would read