Website design has changed over time with the occurrence of numerous periodical developments. There is a great difference between the ancient web design in the 1990s and the current web design. This can be described on the basis of its evolution. Web design will still continue to evolve in the following years to come.
The following is a recount of the evolution of website design.
Rise Of World Wide Web
After the discovery of the World Wide Web, several scientists started working in collaboration to improve its outlook. By then, websites only portrayed text which could be viewed through the use of a simple line-mode browser.
In 1993, Erick Bina and Marc Andreessen introduced the Mosaic browser. There were numerous browsers at that time with most of them being natural text heavy and Unix-based. No consolidated approach to the graphic design elements including sounds or images existed. The emergence of the Mosaic browser was a great breakthrough to this mold.
In October 1994, the W3C was introduced to guide the WWW to its full potential by creating common protocols that simulate its evolution and ensures that it becomes interoperable. This discouraged the monopoly of a programming language and proprietary browser, which could have changed the effects of the WWW.
In 1996, Microsoft issued a competitive browser complete with its features and tags. This was the first web browser to operate the style sheets. In December 1996, the W3C released the CSS to support the layout and presentation. This enabled the HTML code to become semantic hence improved web accessibility.
Flash Web Developement
In 1998, the Netscape released the Netscape Communicator code that enabled lots of developers to take part in upgrading the software. This instigated the formation of the Web Standards Project, which encouraged browser compliance with CSS and HTML standards by generating the Acid1, Acid2, and Acid3 tests. In 2000, Microsoft released the Internet Explorer which saw greater success with the CSS 1 and HTML 4.01.
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