World-Wide Web documentation in paper form

Tim Berners-Lee (
Wed, 10 Mar 93 12:04:03 +0100

For all of you that want to take the information about the
web on the plane with you and don't have a modem for your airphone,
or for those who simply love the rustle of paper, here are some of
the key documents about the web and how it works in paper form.

Each document is in available postscript (.ps) and also in plain
ASCII text (.txt) form, in the anonymous FTP archive site at (FTP to, log in as "anonymous", give your
user@host as password, then change directory to pub/www/doc ) Instructions for running the line-mode
client Instructions for running a server The HTTP protocol used by new W3 servers The Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)

The last three have recently been revised.

If anyone has any comments on these, please send them to me or
to the discussion list if you are a member.
The HTML and later the HTTP specs are headed in the Internet
Draft - RFC direction so comment at this stage is appreciated.
The documents are all generated from the hypertext, and so
apart from the specs which are designed to be linear documents, they
made read a little strangely. None of them is perfect, but the
pressure has been so high for printed documentation that we
distribute them as they are.

Tim Berners-Lee
World Wide Web team leader (NeXTMail is ok)
CERN, CN Division Tel: +41(22)767 3755
1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland Fax: +41(22)767 7155