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Did you know “How The Web Evolved ?”

Web Design

- Birth of the Internet

The Development of internet began in the 1950′s, with basic discussion of social interactions connected through networks. In the early 1960′s ARPANet was created by University of California in Los Angeles & Santa Barbara, the standard research institute and University of Utah.

• In 1981, Domain Name Server (DNS) system developed & In 1982 the first smiley emotion is invented.

• In 1982, the Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) was created and standardized, which provided people general guidelines or how data should be transmitted, received, and packaged across the internet. TCP/IP, is basically a manual for how to use the internet, and in the mid-1990s we were introduced to the first web browser (the WWW) by Tim Berners-Lee. Since then, the internet has continued to change and evolve, and so has web design.

- Early 1990′s

The internet was just born in the 1990s, and so, most sites were strictly text based with first generation HTML. On the WWW only simple text pages could be viewed.

• In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee published the first website, a simple, text-based page with a few links. A copy from 1992 of the original page still exists online. You can Check that here.


• In 1994, Comic Sans was designed by Vincent Connare & released by Microsoft Corporation. Tim-Berners-Lee founds the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international non-profit think tank dedicated to providing a rational roadmap for technological evolution of the web.

- Mid to Late 90′s

While text was still the dominating feature of websites in the mid to late 90s, we began to see designers add some text effects. Designers made text roll across your screen, move, and tried to make text stand out using elements like Flash. We started to see websites with colored text, and scroll bars.

• In 1996 Cascading Style sheets (CSS) level 1 was introduced as a W3C recommendation. But most of the desktop browsers does not supporting CSS. So Netscape introduces JavasScript. “A Simple programming language that enables web pages to become far more interactive.”

• In addition, from the mid-to-late 90s we began to see table-based design featured on websites. Table-based layouts gave web designers more options for creating websites.

• In 1997 Amazon starts selling stuff on the web. Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 begins supporting CSS. It also supports a reverse Engineered Proprietary version of Javascript, Which Microsoft calls “Jscript.” HTML for dummies also published in late 1997.


AltaVista in 1996


White House in 1994


Yahoo in 1996


Google in 1998

- Early 2000′s

Around the year 2000, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) became more and more popular. They allowed people to change and alter a variety of features of websites like background color, text size and text style in code.

• CSS-based designs have many advantages over table-based or flash designs. The first is that it separates design elements from content, which ultimately meant that there would be greater distinction from the visual aspect of a web layout and its content.


msn 2000

- Mid to late 2000′s

The most prominent design elements at this point showcased Javascript. Although Javascript had been around since the mid-90s it did not gain prominence until the mid-2000s. Websites featured drop-down menus, advanced navigation pages, and web forms thanked to Javascript.


msn 2008