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World Wide Web

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n. (web, WWW, abbr.) ~ 1. The massive collection of information and services accessible over the Internet through the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). - 2. The servers and network infrastructure used to store and deliver web-based information and services.


World Wide Web is often used interchangeably with Internet. However, the Internet is the larger network on which the web resides. The web is commonly associated with browsers, such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Netscape, and Opera. Because browsers often provide the ability to access information and services using other protocols, such as File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and Gopher, non-HTTP services are often considered to be part of the web.

(Finnish Technology Award Foundation 2004) [Tim] Berners-Lee, with a background in system design in real-time communications and text-processing software development, invented the Web while working at CERN, world's largest particle physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. ¶ The web was first made available to the public in 1991. Berners-Lee created the first server, browser, and protocols central to the operation of the Web: the URL address, HTTP transmission protocol and HTML code.