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Sir Tim Berners-Lee creator of the world wide web

It’s been 20 years since British scientist Tim Berners-Lee created the first webpage.

The World Wide Web has since spawned about one trillion webpages. It revolutionised the way we communicate and some people can’t imagine life without it. Can you?

Email us at learning.english@bbc.co.uk and tell us how you use the web. Valdirene Ruston reports:

."لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، واحدث الاصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير

يمكن التنشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، او "ويندوز ميديا بلاير

On Christmas Day 1990, in a laboratory in Switzerland, British physicist Tim Berners-Lee finished developing the tools to create the World Wide Web. He was working at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, Cern, in Geneva.

His boss gave him the green light to work on the project during his spare time and together with the help of his Belgian colleague Robert Cailliau, Tim Berners-Lee produced the world’s first webpage.

The experiment heralded a new era because it demonstrated how computers could talk to each other through a new language they created called Hyper-Text Markup Language, or HTML.

Currently there might be anything up to a trillion webpages with all sorts of content. People buy and sell products and services, make friends through these pages, learn and teach. We found many enthusiasts of the web in the streets of London.

Man 1: “It means having information in your home with easy access which in the past would have only been available in thousands of libraries. So it’s information at your fingertips.”
Woman: “Access to a lot of people really. We’ve got a lot of family overseas so we use Skype quite a bit.”
Man 2: “Information, news, social groups.”
Man 3: “I’m just using it usually for emails and social networking with my friends and well, reading newspapers and information. Basically everything!”
Fortunes were made in the World Wide Web. Many say that Tim Berners-Lee could have been a billionaire through his invention but he said that all he wants is to keep the egalitarian spirit of the web intact and the medium free to use.

Many users share the same ideals.

Man 1: “I think that today it is essential to have an internet connection and that’s going to be a real problem in terms of you know, digital divide when some people in the world can’t access the internet or when the speed (connection speed) is not enough.”

And there are other concerns.

Woman: “I’m not very keen on that because of all the privacy issues and everything, I’m very aware of it. So I try to keep private things private as much as I can.”
And there are the diehards, who shy away from technology.
Man 2: “I leave it all to my wife, I hate computers.”

Valdirene Ruston, BBC Learning English

."لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، واحدث الاصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير

يمكن التنشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، او "ويندوز ميديا بلاير

Physicist فيزيائي


tools أدوات


the green light الضوء الاخضر/ اشارة البدء


spare time وقت الفراغ


heralded أعلن عن

Contentمحتوى

egalitarian متساو/ متكافئ

digital divide انقسام في الخدمات الرقمية

Diehards أشداء

shy awayيخجل/ يبتعد عن

I couldn't live without it, its important in my studying and in work, we communicate with other people in any country so make you veryfast in any information. Anonymous, Riyahd, Saudi Arabia

I think the computer is the most important thing has changed the whole world and it should been one of 100 objects that tells the history of the world. Hussam Alsafi, Sweeden

You Tube is a good window to The World. It make me enjoy watching comic movies. Samh, Ismailia, Egypt

I think there is relation between addiction of internet and depression. Maybe if someone spend long time on internet on chatting or playing, by the end of the day he found that he add nothing to his information and the other gained a lot of new information and I think this is reasonable reason to make him depressed. Alzahra Arbab, Khartoum, Sudan

I believe it all depends on how we spend our time in surfing the internet. It might be just for reading the latest news, seeing what's going on the globe, reading interesting articles or even communicating through useful social networks like Facebook, tweeter, etc.. I believe the internet it's a tool or a resource available to us...we can either use it or abuse it!! Wael, Doha, Qatar

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