Vor 25 Jahren – das Internet wird kostenlos freigegeben

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A declaration that the basic World-Wide Web software from CERN is in
the public domain has been signed by H. Weber, CERN’s Director for
Administration and W. Hoogland, Director for Computing.

The declaration, signed on 30 April 1993, makes it clear that this
is not a precedent for CERN software. It states, „CERN’s intention
is to further compatibility, common practices, and standards in
networking and computer supported collaboration.“

The declaration covers the „libwww“ common code library, the line
mode browser (www) and the W3 server (httpd).

The World-Wide Web (W3) is a global information system with a
easy point-and click interface. It provides access to almost all
existing Internet-based information as well as a whole new world
of data presented to the user as multimedia hypertext. By a sequence
of hypertext jumps and text searches, anyone can find his way though
the mass of information available all over the world.

The High Energy Physics community, of which CERN is a European
center, already uses W3 extensively. In all there are more than 70
servers around the world providing data using special W3 protocols,
including such diverse areas as hypertext of US law from the Legal
Information Institute at Cornell University, to the „Thesaurus
Linguarum Hiberniae“ collection of medaeval Irish manuscripts from
University College, Cork.

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