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>what are the practical differences
>between the Internet and the World Wide Web?
The Internet is a global networks' system that consist of
the millions of local area networks (LANs) and computers (hosts).
So it's a tech system that is working according to the basic computer science concepts and
rules. It was developed 25 - 30 years ago.
The WWW is only one of the ways of practical
implementations of the Internet.
Some of the other ways are the following ones: gophers --
the dispersed system of menu driven subject oriented data bases; ftp -- the remote files'
exchange system; email systems, and so on...
The WWW (that was born 5 years ago) is a method (and
system) that provides the members of the Internet's community with historically new
opportunity to create and permanently develop the global field of the texts (as well as
images, animations, sounds, etc.), all parts of which are able to crossconnect with each
In other words, the WWW is a fast growing (millions of
authors are adding new pages every day) global field of text that consist of billions of
words (as well as sounds, images, animations, ... etc.) all (!) parts (every of billions
of WORDs) of which are able to realtime crossconnect and interact with each others.
As it was mentioned by Alberto Cavicchiolo, "the
network is not a computer science concept, but a linguistic concept".
I often quote this definition, even though I do not fully
agree with it.
From my viewpoint the network itself is definitely a computer science concept. The
Internet is a computer science concept as well as biological concept.
... the Web (!) only "... is not a computer science
concept, but a linguistic concept".
So my definition of the Web is the following one:
The Web is a method (and technology) of the global WORDS'
fields dynamic crossconnection and interaction (again, I mean the words, as well as all
other communication symbols: the images, animations, sounds and so on...).
The Web uses the Internet to store, locate and connect the
WORDS as some of the others more tradition methods of the WORDS's connection used the
stones, skins, papyruses, papers, phone, recorders, radio, TV ...
The phone teleconferences, some of the radio and TV shows
and tele-reportages were partly using the Web's basic hyperlink approach.
The hyperlinks concept itself was known for thousands of
years . For instance, some of the Bible stories include different source stories inside
the main story, and those source stories contane some other sourse stories and so on...
All those well known attempts to use hyperlinks concept had
one technical disadvantage: they were based on the static, fully prediscribed scenarios of
the WORDS' crossconnections.
There were strong crossconnection levels limits, link's
delay time limits, and so on..
The WWW has broken any limits for any WORDS'
After that the "chain reaction" of
crossconnections was launched...
For instance, according to the Sun Microsystems' statistics
"the total number of the Internet's sites crossconnections more than doubled every
month". (Sun press-seminar , January 1995, Mountain View, CA).
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Once again, thank you for your interest.