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Chapter 1. Welcome to FrontPage 2000 > Where FrontPage Came From

Where FrontPage Came From

Over the years since late 1995, FrontPage has evolved into one of the most significant pieces of software in the Web's brief history. The reason for this is, quite simply, that it was the first package that allowed users not only to design Web pages (lots of packages handle that task), but also to create, publish, and manage entire sites. From the time FrontPage first appeared, anyone buying it needed only an Internet connection to host a Web site—a high-speed 24-hour connection was best, but not required—and that site could include such features as forms, which formerly required a knowledge of programming. That was almost unheard of in 1995. FrontPage, in effect, let anyone create sophisticated Web sites—or glitzy, bouncy, tacky ones if that's what one preferred.

This evolution has been remarkable, especially when you consider that the Internet was almost exclusively the territory of scholars and researchers a very few years ago, and that the World Wide Web did not even exist as late as 1990. It still might not, except that Tim Berners-Lee and his team at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), based in Geneva, decided to design and release a hypertext system that allowed easier communication among researchers in high-energy physics. The software was written specifically for the Internet and was released in 1991. Berners-Lee called it the World Wide Web.


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