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Old 11-06-2018, 05:16 PM
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In my third year of running TEXTFILES.COM, I realized that this project was a lot bigger than I'd imagined it would be.
I certainly knew the project was large, and that it would take a long time to get it to where I wanted it, but I didn't know I'd be facing down such an enormous amount of text, and, more importantly, such an enormous amount of ONGOING TEXT.
The people who were reading TEXTFILES.COM to go through history were often inspired to add themselves to the archive, or to give me some very excellent files that were, comparatively, new: 1996 information on the Internet, descriptions of games that had come out a year or two earlier, or the writings of a group they founded in 1998 that lasted for about a year.
These were valid parts of what would eventually become history, but they were outside the scope of the original TEXTFILES.COM site. TEXTFILES.COM was meant to capture the history of the BBS textfiles, not to give the latest exploits for web-based collaborative applications. But where to draw the line? How could I possibly say to one file "You're valid" and another, closely related file "you're not worthy?"
The first answer was that I didn't; I just kept taking things in while I sorted through the files, and then left it at that, figuring people would pick through and find what they needed. But then I found that the directories were becoming really unpredictable about what era they were focused in. This was especially the case in the "magazines" directory, which brimmed with collections of magazines ranging from 1984 to literately months ago.
So, after thinking for some time on how to fix this problem (not putting up files was never an option) I came up with two solutions: adding an INTERNET directory to TEXTFILES.COM, and creating this site, WEB.TEXTFILES.COM.
This site will contain all textfiles created on or after January 1, 1995. Why did I choose that date? Well, it's somewhat arbitrary, but 1995 can really be considered the year when the Internet went from being an interesting project to a new vital horizon. Work had been done on the Internet for decades, but with the creation of the World Wide Web a couple years before, 1995 was poised to be the final death knell of the non-networked, single phone line BBS. BBSes still exist to this day, even in the form they were from the 1980's, but they're just not the way that communication is done anymore. They're relics, and the kind of classic projects that harken to a different time that other similar technologies have been relegated to. There's still a lot to learn from them, to be sure (this is part of the reason TEXTFILES.COM is around to begin with) but to lump the files of that era with the World Wide Web of today is doing both sides a disservice.
So, in the future, textfiles created and sent to the site will end up here. They'll focus on events and issues of the present day, and will one day themselves be of historical importance, or at least interest.
I think this was a good choice for TEXTFILES.COM, and I know it means even more textfiles on the sites for you to go through, without me wondering if it all won't get lost in the noise. Thanks, and enjoy.
- Jason Scott

WWW people
This is a list of some of those who have contributed to the WWW project , and whose work is linked into this web. Unless otherwise stated they are at CERN, Phone +41(22)767 plus the extension given below or look them up in the phone book . Address: 1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland. See also: Wizards at SLAC .
Eelco van Asperen
Ported the line-mode browser the PC under PC-NFS; developed a curses version. Email: [email protected].
Carl Barker
Carl is at CERN for a six month period during his degree course at Brunel University, UK. Carl will be working on the server side, possibly on client authentication. Tel: 8265. Email: [email protected]
Tim Berners-Lee
Currently in CN division. Before comming to CERN, Tim worked on, among other things, document production and text processing. He developped his first hypertext system, "Enquire", in 1980 for his own use (although unaware of the existence of the term HyperText). With a background in text processing, real-time software and communications, Tim decided that high energy physics needed a networked hypertext system and CERN was an ideal site for the development of wide-area hypertext ideas. Tim started the WorldWideWeb project at CERN in 1989. He wrote the application on the NeXT along with most of the communications software. Phone: 3755, Email: [email protected]
Robert Cailliau
Formerly in programming language design and compiler construction, Robert has been interested in document production since 1975, when he designed and implemented a widely used document markup and formatting system. He ran CERN's Office Computing Systems group from 87 to 89. He is a long-time user of Hypercard, which he used to such diverse ends as writing trip reports, games, bookkeeping software, and budget preparation forms. When he is not doing WWW's public relations, Robert is contributing browser software for the Macintosh platform, and analysing the needs of physics experiments for online data access. Phone: +41 (22) 767 50 05, Email: [email protected]
Dan Connolly
An early follower of the project, Dan wrote a private X-Windows editor for his company, and encouraged the use of proper SGML and MIME in the future. He wrote a DTD for HTML and an HTML legalizer for old files. Email: [email protected].
Peter Dobberstein
While at the DESY lab in Hamburg (DE), Peter did the port of the line-mode browser onto MVS and, indirectly, VM/CMS. These were the most difficult of the ports to date. He also overcame many incidental problems in making a large amount of information in the DESY database available.
"Erwise" team
Kim Nyberg, Teemu Rantanen, Kati Suominen and Kari Syd{nmaanlakka ('{' is 'a' with two dots above it.. we must get some character set description into HTML!) (under the supervision of Ari Lemmke) are "Erwise". At Helsinki Technical University, they are writing a Motif-based WWW browser (editor? we can hope...) for their undergraduate final year project. The team can be reached as [email protected] and Ari as [email protected].
Alain Favre
Alain is an undergraduate working with ECP/PT on a browser for Windows on PCs. Phone: 8265, no email yet. In CERN mostly in the afternoons.
David Foster
With wide experience in networking, and a current conviction information systems and PC/Windows being the way of the future, Dave is having a go at a MS-Windows browser/editor. Dave also has a strong interest in server technology and intelligent information retrieval algorithms.
Jean-Francois Groff
Provided some useful input in the "design issues". During his stay at CERN as "cooperant", J-F joined the project in September 1991. He wrote the gateway to the VMS Help system , worked on the new modular browser architecure, and helped support and present WWW at all levels. He is now porting the communications code to DECnet in order to set up servers for physics experiments. JF now works for NeXT Europe but continues his interest in the web...( Contact )
Tony Johnson
Tel: (415) 926 2278, [email protected].
Designer of MidasWWW . Boston University, collaborating with SLAC, SSC, etc. A SLAC server expert and a WWWizard .
Paul Kunz
Paul took the W3 word across to SLAC, installed the clients and inspired the setting up of servers by the WWWizards . Paul spreads enthusiasm for all sort of good ideas such as OO programming, NeXTs, etc...
Willem van Leeuwen
at NIKHEF, WIllem put up many servers and has provided much useful feedback about the w3 browser code.
Nicola Pellow
With the project from November 1990 to August 1991, and October 1992 to ??. A graduate of Leicester Polytechnic, UK, Nicola wrote the original line mode browser . ( More ) Nicola is now (Oct 92) working on the Mac browser .
Bernd Pollermann
Bernd is responsible for the "XFIND" indexes on the CERNVM node, for their operation and, largely, their contents. He is also the editor of the Computer Newsletter (CNL), and has experience in managing large databases of information. Bernd is in the AS group of CN division. He has contributed code for the FIND server which allows hypertext access to this large store of information. Phone: 2407, Office: 513-1-16, Email: [email protected]
A r thur Secret
A student at CERN during August and September 1992, Arthur wrote the first W3-Oracle gateway .
Jonthan Streets
Online Support group, FNAL. Jonathan put up a VMS server using DCL and later C. He helped debug the Mac browser.
Pei Wei
Pei is the author of " Viola", a hypertext browser, and the ViolaWWW variant which is a WWW browser. He was at the University of California at Berkeley, Experimental Computing Facility, now full time with O'Reilly and Associates, Sebastopol, CA, USA. Email: [email protected]
Bebo White
one of the WWWizards at SLAC, Bebo enthusiastically spreads the word. During a short stay at CERN in summer '92, Bebo put up a number of servers for information from the Aleph experiment.
James Whitescarver
New Jersey Institute of Technology. [email protected]
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