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expansion[edit]

links good for an expansion:

DYK - nomination[edit]

When I'm ready with the expansion, I want to nominate this article the the Did you know... section. Some thoughts:

  • ... that the computer library Libwww is used by more than 19 applications.
  • ... that Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, created a computer library of the first web browser.

or something like that. anybody want help? mabdul 10:49, 2 June 2010 (UTC)

History section[edit]

There are a few things here that I think are inaccurate:

  • The sources do not say libwww was originally called "CERN Program Library"; the CERN Program Library was a repository of various libraries, mostly relating to numerical applications in FORTRAN-77, and the Arena FAQ doesn't use this name at all.
  • "... and was not available as a separate product." - I think it is more useful to state when libwww was released, rather than when it wasn't available!
  • The sources cited for the "DECnet port" don't mention July 1992 AFAICS, nor do they specifically mention libwww, just "the Web".
  • The CERN newsletter of May 1993 doesn't specifically say the library was renamed from a previous name.
  • libwww is normally written with a small "l" in the sources, as per the usual UNIX convention.

Letdorf (talk) 19:43, 29 June 2010 (UTC).

    • http://www.w3.org/Library/ the official page states it with a capital l!
    • the newsletter (may93) states that the software goes public domain
    • decnetport: "the web" was afaik libwww: server and browsers based on it!
    • please: help and find sources when the libwww was first fully released: i haven't found any yet! but my investigation will go on!

mabdul 13:41, 30 June 2010 (UTC)

Yes, http://www.w3.org/Library/ writes libwww with a capital L at the beginning of sentences (as per the usual convention) but otherwise not - this is what I meant by "normally written". The May 1993 newsletter doesn't date the PD release of libwww - the previous newsletter was issued in November 1992, so all we can say from this source is that it was probably some time between those two dates. I think you're jumping to conclusions a little too much in assuming "the Web" meant libwww - on Wikipedia we must be careful not to impose our own interpretations on source material - see WP:NOR. I agree we need to find more sources regarding the early history of libwww. Regards, Letdorf (talk) 16:26, 30 June 2010 (UTC).
I'd also like to suggest that we compile a short list of questions to email the W3C. They'd probably be willing to respond...and put up a short libwww faq on their site. I've had some success in getting responses from the Agora and Arena creator...so I don't see why they wouldn't they wouldn't put up a short faq on it.Smallman12q (talk) 20:40, 30 June 2010 (UTC)