Internet & Web: Past, Present, Future

Daniel Dardailler

Associate Chair, Head of Offices

World Wide Web Consortium, W3C

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More cultural than technical...

Internet History

The Fifties

Internet History

The Sixties

Internet History

The Seventies

Internet History

The Eighties

Internet History

The Nineties

Internet History

Post 2000

Web History

Hypertext came first

Web History

Tim Berners-Lee CERN

Web History

Marc Andreesen - Mosaic/Netscape

Web History


HTTP 1.1

    GET /index.html HTTP/1.1
    Accept-Charset: iso-8859-5, unicode-1-1

HTML 4.0

    <TITLE> Web History <\TITLE>


Internet/Web Today

See nice pictures at

Domain names

Historically US biased

W3C Overview

Mission: Interoperability by Consensus

More recent presentations

Why W3C?

What is W3C?

See our home page at

What does W3C do?

Technical areas

are currently divided into

  1. Web Architecture
  2. Interaction
  3. Ubiquitous Web
  4. Technology and Society
  5. Web Accessibility Initiative



Ubiquitous Web

Technology and Society

Web Accessibility Initiative

See WAI Overview for more details.


Internet Engineering Task Force

Some IETF Working Groups

Future: Growth

Networking Issues

Future: Commerce

Security Issues. NO TRUST!

Future: Multimedia

Future: Performance

Future: Society

Nobody knows what's going to happen!

Never in time has the future of humanity been in so many hands at once.

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it." - Mahatma Gandhi .