WWW stands for World Wide Web. A technical definition of the World Wide Web is : all the resources and users on the Internet that are using the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
A broader definition comes from the organization that Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee helped found, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
The World Wide Web is the universe of network-accessible information, an embodiment of human knowledge.
In simple terms, The World Wide Web is a way of exchanging information between computers on the Internet, tying them together into a vast collection of interactive multimedia resources. Web hosts are intergrated part of WWW.
Internet and Web is not the same thing: Web uses internet to pass over the information.
World Wide Web was created by Timothy Berners Lee in 1989 at CERN in Geneva. World Wide Web came into existence as a proposal by him, to allow researchers to work together effectively and efficiently at CERN. Eventually it became World Wide Web.
The following diagram briefly defines evolution of World Wide Web:
WWW architecture is divided into several layers as shown in the following diagram:
Identifiers and Character Set
Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) is used to uniquely identify resources on the web and UNICODE makes it possible to built web pages that can be read and write in human languages.
XML (Extensible Markup Language) helps to define common syntax in semantic web.
Resource Description Framework (RDF) framework helps in defining core representation of data for web. RDF represents data about resource in graph form.
RDF Schema (RDFS) allows more standardized description of taxonomies and other ontological constructs.
Web Ontology Language (OWL) offers more constructs over RDFS. It comes in following three versions:
OWL Lite for taxonomies and simple constraints.
OWL DL for full description logic support.
OWL for more syntactic freedom of RDF
RIF and SWRL offers rules beyond the constructs that are available from RDFs and OWL. Simple Protocol and RDF Query Language (SPARQL) is SQL like language used for querying RDF data and OWL Ontologies.
All semantic and rules that are executed at layers below Proof and their result will be used to prove deductions.
Cryptography means such as digital signature for verification of the origin of sources is used.
User Interface and Applications
On the top of layer User interface and Applications layer is built for user interaction.
WWW works on client-server approach. Following steps explains how the web works:
User enters the URL (say, https://www.google.com) of the web page in the address bar of web browser.
Then browser requests the Domain Name Server for the IP address corresponding to www.google.com.
After receiving IP address, browser sends the request for web page to the web server using HTTP protocol which specifies the way the browser and web server communicates.
Then web server receives request using HTTP protocol and checks its search for the requested web page. If found it returns it back to the web browser and close the HTTP connection.
Now the web browser receives the web page, It interprets it and display the contents of web page in web browser’s window.
There had been a rapid development in field of web. It has its impact in almost every area such as education, research, technology, commerce, marketing etc. So the future of web is almost unpredictable.
Apart from huge development in field of WWW, there are also some technical issues that W3 consortium has to cope up with.
Work on higher quality presentation of 3-D information is under deveopment. The W3 Consortium is also looking forward to enhance the web to full fill requirements of global communities which would include all regional languages and writing systems.
Work on privacy and security is under way. This would include hiding information, accounting, access control, integrity and risk management.
There has been huge growth in field of web which may lead to overload the internet and degrade its performance. Hence more better protocol are required to be developed.