Tim Berners-Lee Quotations

-We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.

-Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don’t care as much about attractive sites and pretty design.

-If you use the original World Wide Web program, you never see a URL or have to deal with HTML. That was a surprise to me – that people were prepared to painstakingly write HTML.

-Anyone who slaps a ‘this page is best viewed with Browser X’ label on a Web page appears to be yearning for the bad old days, before the Web, when you had very little chance of reading a document written on another computer, another word processor, or another network.

-Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.

-They may call it a home page, but it’s more like the gnome in somebody’s front yard than the home itself.

-What is a Web year now, about three months? And when people can browse around, discover new things, and download them fast, when we all have agents – then Web years could slip by before human beings can notice.

-The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.

-You affect the world by what you browse.

-Sites need to be able to interact in one single, universal space.

-It was never clear that it wouldn’t just stop (the WWW). Any time during that exponential growth, it could have stalled. I think we were never very confident until 1993.

-Technology innovation is starting to explode and having open-source material out there really helps this explosion. You get students and researchers involved and you get people coming through and building start ups based on open source products.

-Software companies should take more responsibility for security holes, especially in browsers and e-mail clients. There are some straightforward things the industry should be doing right now to fix things, and I don’t know why they haven’t been done yet.

-Everybody who runs a Web site knows we’re not assured of compatibility..

-People keep asking me what I think of it now that it’s done. Hence my protest: The Web is not done!

-Whether it is a turning point in societal evolution depends not only on the technology.. but also how we use it! The web does give us lots more choices about how we organize ourselves

-If I had taken a proprietary control of the Web, then it would never have taken off. People only committed their time to it because they knew it was open, shared: that they could help decide what would happen to it next.. and I wouldn’t be raking off 10%!
Tim Berners-Lee