How the web is evolving

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Web Science[1]

Students will be expected to be aware of the major differences between the early forms of the web, Web 2.0, the semantic web and later developments.


When we discuss how the web is evolving, we are actually looking at the concurrent, parallel growth of:

  1. Web browsers
  2. Standards
  3. New paradigms of rendering and delivering content

There is an excellent video which illustrates how these two aspects have grown and changed over the years. Remember we only got started in 1991!

If you wanted a very simple view of this, we might imagine the early days a very static (one-way) experience to a more dynamic, interactive (two-way) experience for users on the web.

Map showing growth of the network[edit]

Click here for a great map showing how the internet has grown.

Web 3.0, the next steps for the web[edit]

If you consider the past growth of the web, you may be able to discern the near-future. We might reasonably expect to see more interactivity, better integration of multi-media and dynamic content. We might reasonably expect to see newer versions of browsers, new specifications, and improvements of languages now commonly used.

Please review the W3C page of standards. You can get a pretty good idea of the types of categories which are being considered for next steps.

The semantic web is interesting. Please take the time to understand semantic web.

Do you understand this?[edit]

  • You have been chosen to welcome to welcome someone from the past!! This person has travelled in a time machine from ANCIENT TIMES (well, 1991). You must explain to them how the web has changed.


These standards are used from the IB Computer Science Subject Guide[2]

  • Describe how the web is constantly evolving.


  2. IB Diploma Programme Computer science guide (first examinations 2014). Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom: International Baccalaureate Organization. January 2012.