The Web History Timeline Project

This morning, I was honoured to take part in the first “Web Behind”, a new segment of the great Web Forward podcast, with Jen Simmons and Eric Meyer. The audio should be online soon.

During that, I announced a little project I’ve been working on, using the fantastic Timeline.js from Verite.

The goal is to bring together some of the most important milestones in the history of the web, whether they’re

  • the publication of seminal articles and books;
  • the publication of important standards and RFCs;
  • the release of important software (browsers, servers, tools, libraries;)
  • significant events, such as the founding of the W3C.

My goal is not to document the entire history of the web — the founding of Boo​.com, for example is likely to be beyond the scope of what I have in mind. But, if it’s had a significant impact on the way we build the web, it belongs here.

You can take a look at it now, but it is very much a work in progress. Which is where you come in. I’d love your suggestions for significant milestones in the history of web design and development. To make it easy to suggest milestones you think should be remembered, just fill in and submit the form below. The more detail (particularly dates and relevant images) you can provide the better. I can’t promise it will all make it in, but if it fits the criteria, it will!
Or, just suggest an event in the comments.

Thanks in advance for your help, and hopefully together we can build a really valuable resource.

14 responses to “The Web History Timeline Project”:

  1. […] Allsopp just announced the Web History Timeline Project. If you’re new to the web world, then check it out to catch […]

    • By: Vincent Murphy
    • September 26th, 2012

    The episode: http://​5by5​.tv/​w​e​b​a​h​e​a​d​/35

  2. What a blast through the past! Really great seeing those original graphics for the first browsers. Brings back some fond memories — especially the animated GIF — I remember being blown away when I saw a site which was using this. Ohh how things have changed in such a short space of time!

    Great work.

    • By: Mauricio
    • October 1st, 2012

    I thnik u need to add napster and the introduction of p2p data transfers.… Nice work, cheers

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  6. […] was the first guest on The Web Behind, and one of the very first things he did was to announce his Web History Timeline Project.  It’s a beautiful visualization brought to life by John’s expert curation and timeline.js.  […]

  7. […] The goal isn’t to cover the entire history of the web; rather, Allsopp is interested in “the most important milestones in the history of ideas, whether they’re the publication of seminal articles and books, the publication of important standards and RFCs, the release of important software (browsers, servers, tools, libraries) or significant events, such as the founding of the W3C.” And The Web History Timeline isn’t just a static document; you can suggest “significant milestones in the history of web design and development” yourself using the Google Docs form over on Allsopp’s site. […]

  8. […] Projekat nije statičan dokument, već je moguće predlagati značajne događaje u istoriji web dizajna i razvoja korišćenjemGoogle Docs forlena Alisopovom sajtu. […]

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