Hyperlinks matter

THE WEB PAGE has always been a creature of dual personality. To an author it looked like a document with an address that could be bookmarked, linked, or sent in e-mail. To a programmer it looked like a software application or an information service that could be scripted, pipelined, and used as a component. From both perspectives, the URL was the key that unlocked the magic. In 1997, author Andrew Schulman marveled: "Every UPS package has its own homepage on the Web!" Exactly. That early Web service formed a URL name space that was useful, in different ways, to humans and to software. [Full story at InfoWorld.com.]

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