|Fifteen years after the birth of the Web browser, development of the software is increasingly focused on provoking users to define their own ways of consuming information online.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Sort of.
When Tim Berners-Lee wrote the first Web client, or browser editor, in 1990, his aim was to build a creative tool that would allow people using the nascent system to organize information and present it to others in a fun, dynamic way.
Fifteen years into the project, he and other experts closely involved with shaping the browser's legacy agree that fostering greater levels of user interaction remains their ultimate goal.
When you ask Berners-Lee what surprises him most about the development of browser technologies, it's not that one company, Microsoft Corp., has been able to take control of an estimated 85 percent of the market for the software today. Rather, the inventor, who currently serves as the director of the W3C (World Wide Web consortium), said his greatest shock is that so many people have embraced the browser despite its overall rigidity.
For as much as Berners-Lee seems proud that the browser has come as far as it has, growing from an underground academic phenomenon to a vitally important tool in millions of people's lives, he still believes browsers are too limiting in how they allow people to input and consume information.
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