Web design history

The history of web design

Web design is basically the production as well as maintenance of websites. Many skills and disciplines are involved. It includes such areas as graphic design, propriety software and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). Web design is recent, and can be linked to areas like graphic design. It is a technological standpoint that has become part of people’s day to day lives.

The Internet was created in 1989, to start the worldwide web only had text pages available through a simple browser – the line mode. The Mosaic browser was created in 1993. There were a number of multiple browsers at that time, but they were mostly text heavy. The approach to graphic design had not integrated such things as sound or images.

The Mosaic browser was different. It had such features as W3C, which came about in 1994 that acted as the total evolution of the worldwide web. Common protocols were developed, which greatly promoted the evolution of the web to reach its maximum potential. Individual companies were discouraged from creating a monopoly to any programming language or propriety browser.

New standards are being set by the W3C, which are now being reflected in such areas as JavaScript. In 1994 a communications corporation was created. It was later renamed as Netscape Communications, which created the 0.9 Netscape browsers. It has the 1.1 Netscape tags which can change the colours in the background and can also format texts on the web pages.

In between 1996 and 1999, serious competition began between different browsers. The Netscape and Microsoft each wanted to become the dominant browser. At that very time, many technologies had evolved e.g. the HTML and JavaScript. The competition was healthy and at long last, there were several positive creations that have been a backbone to the quick evolve in web design.

Microsoft released a browser in 1996, which was so competitive with its own unique tags and features. It was practically the only design at the time that could give support to style sheets. Initially, the HTML markup was for the sole purpose of tabular data display. Designers realised that using the HTML tables had so much potential in terms of creating complex layouts, even those with multi columns. Good structure in markup was a little neglected, while web accessibility and semantics also suffered a similar fate. Design seemed to get all the attention.

In 1998, Netscape released a code that enabled many other developers to take part in the improvement of the already available software. This came in as a solution to the browser wars, thus the open source browser war was created.