The World Wide Web


The WorldWideWeb (W3) is the universe of network-accessible information, an embodiment of human knowledge. It is an initiative started at CERN, now with many participants.

It has a body of software, and a set of protocols and conventions. W3 uses hypertext and multimedia techniques to make the web easy for anyone to roam, browse, and contribute to.

The W3 Consortium now ensures the continued interopability which is W3 though its rapid evolution. This is run by MIT in the context of a joint initiative involving CERN and MIT.

Everything there is to know about W3 is linked directly or indirectly to this document.

What's out there?
Pointers to the world's online information, subjects, W3 servers, etc.
WWW Software Products
What there is and how to get it: clients, servers, gateways, libwww and tools.
Discussion
News groups, WWW mail addresses, how to contact the WWW Team, W3 interactive talk
Conferences
first, second, and third WWW conferences.
Bibliography
Paper documentation on W3 and references. Also: manuals.
Project background
Summary, Illustrated talk, People, History, why the W's are green
How can I help?
If you would like to support or add to the web..
Getting CERN code
Getting the code by anonymous FTP, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you can't find it above or below (old small list).

Technical details

How to provide data
How can I make my own data available on the web?
Developments
Ideas for new projects, things people are doing.

Specs, Tutorials, etc:

HTTP
All available information on Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and related protocols.
HTML format
The markup language used for some documents and for search hit-lists.
Graphics
Pointers to information, specs, FAQ etc.
Access Authorization
Document protection in W3.
Common Gateway Interface
The interface between httpd servers (CERN's and NCSA's at least) and user-written gateways to other database systems, etc.
Addressing (URLs)
The syntax of W3 document addresses.
WWW'94 Conference Proceedings
A searchable index of all the papers from the Conference are now available on the Web

Discussion:

Design Issues
Discussions of decisions to be made when designing or selecting a hypertext/IR system. See also related products .
Working notes
Work in progress at the drawing board, notes of meetings etc. Additions welcome: send URLs
News
Some internet/usenet newsgroups of possible interest to the WorldWideWeb project.

Other:

Coding standards
A basic style guide for W3 code contributors. If you write code, read this!
Using CVS in WWW
A guide to setting up the code management system for for those hacking the code.
Test data
A collection of data for testing
Tim BL