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And it was free, paid for by DARPA grant money,
the same folks who are now bringing credibility
to the Semantic Web efforts.
There were better browsers, for certain, and some
of us knew that the Internet was there, but with
the exception of the IADS executables, AFAIK, no
one was giving markup browsers away for free. HTTP/URL
and the work done on getting the delivery through
the maze of Internet tech were the critical work.
After that, the illusion that putting <a href="",
clicking, getting a result and telling everyone that
was "HTML programming" did the rest.
After awhile, it all washed out and became what
was needed then and now. That is as good as
better has to be. "Celebrate good times, c'mon."
From: Gavin Thomas Nicol [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
From my perspective, it was Mosaic that *really* caused it all to take off.
That application brought people to the internet that would never have
come otherwise, thereby generating the network effects.