Web<>Net. Re: Web presentation stuff at HCC

Tim Berners-Lee (timbl@www3.cern.ch)
Tue, 21 Sep 93 12:07:50 +0200


I like the material! I haven't set up the slide show
yet but the "Entering WWW - Guide to Cyberspace" is
a neat summary.

One minor but important comment. I don't think it
is true that the term "World-Wide Web" is or should
be `rapidly becoming synonymous with'
"The Internet". A lot of people might object
to that, and it may cause some confusion.

I normally describe WWW as

o Primarily the ideas, concepts and initiaitive for
global information as started at CERN;

o The set of protocols which allow the idea to happen

o The global body of information available using
those protocols (HTTP, but also the older ones)

The "Web" is different from the "Net". The "Web" is
a body of information, an abstract space of knowledge.
The Internet is a set of wires and routers.

Web:Net :: Mind:Brain :-)

When people explore the Internet they find hosts. When
they explore the Web, they find information and
abstract objects.