History of Web Design

Quite a bit of reading today for NED11 –

We needed to answer some questions on Tim Berners-Lee FAQ and then post our 5 most web-relevant dates from the Hobbes’ Time Line onto the blog. Luckily, WEB101 had taught me an awful lot about the beginning of the Net and Web so I didn’t feel I was drowning in crap but refreshing what I had learned in the early weeks of last study period.

The TBL questions were

  1. What role did Tim Berners-Lee play in the development of the Internet? TBL did not have anything to do with the Internet. He helped create the WWW onto an existing system.
  2. In this unit, you will be working with the XHTML scripting language. What scripting languages did Tim Berners-Lee discuss (back in 2000)?  Do you feel his comments are still relevant today? What evidence can you find to support your view? XML
  3. Tim Berners-Lee discusses the world’s very first Web page. Visit the site and write your observations on the following: In what ways do you feel Web design has changed over the years, not just in the visual design, but in the hyperlinks? Why do you think his page is so simple? What scripting language did it use? View the source of this page and tell us how many different tags you can find in the code. (see http://www.w3.org/History/19921103-hypertext/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html) Web pages now incorporated graphics, flash, interactivity, connectivity, unified logins and collaboration, streamlined colours and font usage, and hyperlinks  can be both buttons (graphics) or textual. I found 10 Tags including Header, Title, Heading1, Name Href, DD, DT, DL, NextID, A, and Body.
  4. What is the W3C? Why do they care about “standards?” W3C is the World Wide Web Consortium – TBL believes the standards created by the W3C assist in the formation of innovation and unification.
  5. If Tim Berners-Lee could roll the clock back and re-design URLs, how would we type in the address for Curtin University ‘s Admissions Office (now at http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/admissions/ )? Why would he do this? http:edu.au/administration/admissions He would do this to eliminate the clumsiness of the current system.
  6. According to Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the first GUI (Graphical User Interface) browser? Name 5 different Web browsers. Which do you think are the most popular ones today? Mosaic, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera. The most popular would be internet explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome (I’m guesing in that order).
  7. Name the three first World Wide Web link colours, in order of appearance. Grey, Green, Blue

My answers for the discussion board regarding Hobbes’ Timeline were:

It was hard to choose the five, but here are mine. I ended up choosing one from each decade.

1969 -ARPANET commissioned by DoD for research into networking including the setup of four nodes.

1972 – Larry Roberts writes first email management program (RD) to list, selectively read, file, forward, and respond to messages (July)

1984 – Domain Name System (DNS) introduced

1991 – World-Wide Web (WWW) released by CERN; Tim Berners-Lee developer (:pb1:). First Web server is nxoc01.cern.ch, launched in Nov 1990 and later renamed info.cern.ch.

2004 – Emerging Technologies: Social networking, Web mashups  [To me, this was the closest thing I could find on the timeline that represented the concept of Web 2.0 technologies].

We also needed to check we had all the equipment needed for this course. I have the textbook (√) and the fridge magnets and I’ve just purchased Photoshop CS5 (Student edition). Now I need the following software:

I didn’t bother with FileZilla as I already have LeapFTP and I am using Mozilla for this unit (Chrome for Griffith), but not on the list is a RM file player. Guess I need to find a free Real Media Player somewhere. GRRRR.

And of course, next I need to install them all.

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