A timeline of events mentioned in the stories on this site, along with other key events in the development of the web platform.

  1. The WWW is announced

    The web is announced by Tim Berners-Lee, on the alt.hypertext Usenet group. Berners-Lee also publishes the first website, running off his NeXT computer.

  2. First draft of HTML

    Berners-Lee links to the first published draft of HTML (Hypertext) Markup Language on the www-talk mailing list.

  3. The Web is made public domain

    CERN put the Web in the public domain later making a release available with an open license.

  4. Global Network Navigator announced

    Jennifer Niederst Robbins was the designer of the GNN website, launched by O’Reilly in 1993.

  5. The W3C is formed

    The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) was founded by Tim Berners-Lee at MIT.

  6. Mosaic Netscape 0.9 released

    Within four months of its release, Mosaic Netscape took three-quarters of the browser market. It was later renamed Netscape Navigator.

  7. Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML in a Week

    Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML in a Week is published. Author: Laura Lemay.

  8. Internet Explorer 1 released

    Internet Explorer 1 was a reworked version of Spyglass Mosaic. It was not until version 1.5 that support for HTML tables was included in the browser.

  9. Designing for the Web published

    Designing for the Web, the first book by Jennifer Niederst Robbins was published by O’Reilly.

  10. Internet Explorer 3 released

    Internet Explorer 3 was the first browser to include support for CSS.

  11. JavaScript for the World Wide Web

    JavaScript for the World Wide Web is published. Authors: Tom Negrino and Dori Smith

  12. The Web Standards Project is formed

    The Web Standards Project (WaSP) was formed by Jeffrey Zeldman, George Olsen, and Glenn Davis.

  13. Web Design in a Nutshell published

    The first edition of Web Design in a Nutshell, by Jennifer Niederst Robbins was published by O’Reilly.

  14. Internet Explorer 6 released

    Internet Explorer 6 was released as the default browser on Windows XP, ultimately taking more than 90% market share.

  15. Integrated HTML and CSS

    Integrated HTML and CSS is published. Author: Virginia DeBolt.

  16. Adapting to Web Standards published

    Adapting to Web Standards is published. Authors: Christopher Schmitt, Kimberly Blessing, Rob Cherny, Meryl K. Evans, Kevin Lawver.

  17. InterACT With Web Standards

    The InterACT With Web Standards book is published. Authors: Erin Anderson, Virginia DeBolt, Derek Featherstone, Lars Gunther, Denise R. Jacobs, Leslie Jensen-Inman, Chris Mills, Christopher Schmitt, Glenda Sims, Aarron Water.

  18. The first ARTIFACT conference

    Jennifer Niederst Robbins presents the first of a series of conferences under the name ARTIFACT.