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World-Wide Web

Developed by researchers at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, the World-Wide Web is somewhat similar to a WAIS. But it's designed on a system known as hypertext. Words in one document are "linked" to other documents. It's sort of like sitting with an encyclopedia -- you're reading an article, see a reference that intrigues you and so flip the pages to look up that reference.

To take a walk on The Web try the WWW's (or W3 in the project's own jargon), default telnet site:


No log in is needed. When you connect, you'll see something like:

                                                         Overview of the Web
                       GENERAL OVERVIEW
There is no "top" to the World-Wide Web. You can look at it from many points
of view. If you have no other bias, here are some places to start:
by Subject[1]          A classification by subject of interest. Incomplete
                       but easiest to use.
by Type[2]             Looking by type of service (access protocol, etc) may
                       allow to find things if you know what you are looking
About WWW[3]           About the World-Wide Web global information sharing
Starting somewhere else

To use a different default page, perhaps one representing your field of
interest, see  "customizing your home page"[4].
What happened to CERN?

1-6, Up, <RETURN> for more, Quit, or Help:

Ok. Now type `3', and get the following screen:

                                                  The World Wide Web project
                       WORLD WIDE WEB

The WorldWideWeb (W3) is a wide-area hypermedia[1] information retrieval
initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents.

Everything there is online about W3 is linked directly or indirectly to this
document, including an executive summary[2] of the project, an illustrated
talk[3] , Mailing lists[4] , Policy[5] and Conditions[6] , May's W3 news[7]
, Frequently Asked Questions[8] .

What's out there?[9]   Pointers to the world's online information,
                       subjects[10] , W3 servers[11] , etc.

WWW Software Products[12]
                       What there is and how to get it: clients, servers and

Technical[13]          Details of protocols, formats, program internals etc

Bibliography[14]       Paper documentation on W3 and references. Also:
                       manuals[15] .

1-20, Back, Up, <RETURN> for more, Quit, or Help:

You navigate the web by typing the number next to a given reference. So if you want to know more about the web, hit 2. This is another system that bears playing with.

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