Chapter 2: The website building process

Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee circa 1990, at the dawn of the World Wide Web.

My philosophy of HTML is that the World Wide Web is based on the free interchange of information. The idea (and the name) for the World Wide Web originated with Tim Berners-Lee at CERN, the European labratory for particle physics. His proposal, circulated in 1989, outlined a system of servers where information could be stored and shared. Berners-Lee wrote in his proposal:

“The aim would be to allow a place to be found for any information or reference which one felt was important, and a way of finding it afterwards. The result should be sufficiently attractive to use that it the information contained would grow past a critical threshold, so that the usefulness the scheme would in turn encourage its increased use.”

I believe people with simple tools should be able to publish on the Web. You can do it for virtually nothing. The techniques we will use in this class will be basic and cheap.

But that doesn’t mean your pages have to be simple, as you’ll see in this chapter. Knowledge is power.

Learning objectives

The students who complete this chapter should be able to: