Research into the world wide web with emphasis on web design. Compiled by Gavin Gilmour for studies undertaken in the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design, Canberra Institute Technology, Canberra Australia, 2002.

History of web design The why, where, how of web development.

The Web design phenomenon

The evolution, 1st , 2nd, 3rd and 4th Generation web site design.

Then and now.



The World wide web Assignment aims The following essay aims to address the following questions as requested in assignment outlines.

The web design history

The world wide web developed from a scientists interest to explore communication methods via the computer network. The web dates back to the early 1980's at CERN, an European high energy physics research facility. Tim Berners-Lee who did the initial development stage was interested in the ability to link academic papers electronically and to utilitise the internet to correspond to people in other laboratories around the world.

Tim worked on the standard hypertext (html) language protocol and browser program which interrupts the html and converts it into screen based text. The first browser program was capable of viewing text documents only, but from a range of different computer platforms.

The internet had been in place since the late 1960's and utilised for data transfer between computers via the telephone network system. The data transfer was carried out by using TCP/IP (transmission control protocol/ internet protocol) which was developed by Advanced Research and Projects Agency. The TCP/IP was developed for US military reasons but was later utilised by academia in Universities.

Since the early 1980's, the web has developed at a very rapid rate and is now used by education, business, government and any other body interested in transferring electronic media around the world.