On March 12, 1989 Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s wrote a paper proposing an “information management” system “based on a distributed hypertext.” This later became known as the World Wide Web. The WWW is, of course, one of the most important services using the Internet.
The impact of the WWW on the law and legal research is too big to summarize in a single blog post. Suffice it to say here that there are few lawyers, and probably no law students, who could imagine conducting legal research without accessing information using the Web: Shepard’s by hand, reading cases only in reporters, compiling legislative using only books —unthinkable! (and some undoable since most libraries have discarded the necessary resources in print).
Want more information about the WWW’s History? Check out these resources…. online of course: