A Brief History Of Web Design.

By Nick Rigby | Web Design

Sep 06

Necessity, the mother of all inventions

Computer networking intrigued scientists who were willing to explore ways of communication through computer and internet. The idea of being able to connect information and knowledge database all over the world must surely have fascinated technology enthusiasts and computer scientists alike.

Several initiatives were made out of necessity to connect and link geographically displaced researchers and also to make their study papers and knowledge available throughout the net.

Role of Tim Berners-Lee in web design.

Around 1980’s, a physics research facility in Europe paved the way for using internet.

Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist today known for inventing the World Wide Web, was then working on a hypertext project. Using the HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) for communication, he established the first successful communication between a client and a server via the internet

From the ‘Text only’ mode to Mosaic Browser

The first browsers were mostly UNIX based and therefore heavily text based pages. Not much of images and sound were found in these browsers and no integrated approach was used.

Mosaic browser otherwise known as NCSA Mosaic broke this trend bringing multiple interfaces. It used protocols like FTP, NNTP and gopher. This browser began to code more common protocols that further popularized web design.

The Netscape Browser

Around 1999, Andreessen formed the Netscape Communications. This brought in the trend of using a variety of HTML tags which were different from the traditional processes. Several changes were made. For instance one version of Netscape could let you change colors in the background as well as the text colors.

Release of the open source license was the milestone in web design evolution. Open source license refers to the license given openly so that millions of web developers out there can participate in designing. This brought in a surge of creativity and allowed complexity to dominate the web design scene.  Australia and its web designers played a fairly good role in this era.

Eventually Netscape lost to Microsoft. But in the years to come, many more dominance wars were about to be fought.

The browser war dominance

The Browser war refers to the war fought between Microsoft and Netscape around 1996-99. Many new technological advancements and routine addition of new features were made and these wars continue till date to dominate the internet industry.

As competition increased, better features began to evolve and web design also took shape in the years to come.

Development of varied skills

Ever since, web designing has taken many shapes and forms owing to its extensive use. It began to be used by different end users from various departments and fields like education, business, scientific researches, social science scholars and millions of other browsers and end users.

Web design is inclusive of both development and maintenance of websites. Along with it, several aspects like web graphic design, interface design, user experience design and search engine optimization is also inclusive.

Some of the best web design developers are now available in Australia who are making a world of difference in this field.

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