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Tim Berners-Lee Quotes


Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, (balso known as "TBL"), is a British engineer and computer scientist and MIT professor credited with inventing the World Wide Web, making the first proposal for it in March 1989.
(1955 - )

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Any good software engineer will tell you that a compiler and an interpreter are interchangeable.
 

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.
[Business]
 

Celebrity damages private life.
 

Compared even to the development of the phone or TV, the Web developed very quickly.
 

Customers need to be given control of their own data-not being tied into a certain manufacturer so that when there are problems they are always obliged to go back to them.
 

Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.
 

Everybody who runs a Web site knows we're not assured of compatibility, and we could end up with a split.
 

I basically wrote the code and the specs and documentation for how the client and server talked to each other.
 

I think IT projects are about supporting social systems-about communications between people and machines. They tend to fail due to cultural issues.
 

In '93 to '94, every browser had its own flavor of HTML. So it was very difficult to know what you could put in a Web page and reliably have most of your readership see it.
 

Intellectual property is an important legal and cultural issue. Society as a whole has complex issues to face here: private ownership vs. open source, and so on.
 

IT professionals have a responsibility to understand the use of standards and the importance of making Web applications that work with any kind of device.
 

Most larger companies now see that for the market to grow, Web infrastructure must be royalty-free.
 

Physicists analyze systems. Web scientists, however, can create the systems.
 

Sites need to be able to interact in one single, universal space.
[Technology]
 

That idea of URL was the basic clue to the universality of the Web. That was the only thing I insisted upon.
 

The challenge is to manage the Web in an open way-not too much bureaucracy, not subject to political or commercial pressures. The U.S. should demonstrate that it is prepared to share control with the world.
 

The Domain Name Server (DNS) is the Achilles heel of the Web. The important thing is that it's managed responsibly.
 

The Google algorithm was a significant development. I've had thank-you emails from people whose lives have been saved by information on a medical website or who have found the love of their life on a dating website.
 

The important thing is the diversity available on the Web.
 


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