Happy Birthday, World Wide Web

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=long-live-the-web

Tim Berners-Lee’s “20 years ago this month” article for the December issue of Scientific American is a great issue-oriented summary of Web history  — and a plea for online entrepreneurs to adopt policies of openness rather than creating “closed worlds.”

An excerpt:

“The tendency for magazines, for example, to produce smartphone ‘apps’ rather than Web apps is disturbing, because that material is off the Web. You can’t bookmark it or e-mail a link to a page within it. You can’t tweet it.

“It is better to build a Web app that will also run on smartphone browsers, and the techniques for doing so are getting better all the time.”

Kudos : I was able to copy, paste and share that quote here thanks to the open Web standards begun by Sir Tim and used by Scientific American, WordPress and my Android phone–with the assistance of a WordPress Android app.

Page formatting at Scientific American’s site isn’t entirely small-screen mobile-friendly, but the magazine  clearly “gets” Berners-Lee’s belief in two-way hypertext linkage.

mild-mannered reporter who fell deeper into computers and the Web during three trips through graduate school in the 1980s and 1990s, then began teaching journalism, media studies and Web production, most recently as a faculty member at Radford University.

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