Tim Berners-Lee & Mark Fischetti
Weaving the Web:
The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by Its Inventor
New York, HarperCollins, 2000, 246 pages
A book is quite a project. I had thought about one from time to time, but did not take it on until Michael Dertouzos introduced me to Mark Fischetti as someone who, unlike me, could actually make it happen without stopping everything for a year. And so began the telling of the story, past, present, and future. Without Mark this book would never have been more than an idea and some bits of unordered web pages. I owe great thanks to Mark for applying his ability to find the thread running through my incoherent ramblings and then a way to express it simply.
Mark and I together owe thanks to everyone else involved in this process: to Michael for the idea of doing it and the encouragement, to Ike Williams for organizing it, and to Liz Perle at Harper San Francisco for her excruciating honesty and insistence that the book be what it could be. William Patrick played a great role in that step, helping us get it to a form with which we were all happier. We all have to thank Lisa Zuniga and the production team for turning the bits into a book. If you are reading this on paper, then the miracle of coordination must have been pulled off despite all my missed deadlines.
Many of these people mentioned have suffered the shock of meeting my stubbornness at wanting to call the shots over working methods and ways of transferring data. I apologize… this time: Next time, we'll do it all online!
The book owes its existence indirectly to everyone who has been involved in making the dream of the Web come true. One of the compromises that is part of a book is that some occasions and activities turn out to be appropriate for showing what life was like and what the principles behind it were. Others, while just as important, don't turn up as examples in the narrative. So the index of the book doesn't serve as a hall of fame, as plenty of people have necessarily been left out or, perhaps even more strangely, it was only practical to describe one particular part of their many contributions. All the consortium team (W3T), present and alumni (listed on the www.w3.org site), are priceless people—working with them is great.
I would like to thank permanently, irrespective of this book, everyone who has taken time out to move the Web onward for the common good. For everyone who has helped, there have also been the managers and family who actively or passively provided encouragement. For me, the managers were Peggie Rimmer and Mike Sendall at CERN, whose wisdom and support have been very special to me.
To thank my immediate family here would suggest I were only thanking them for helping with the book, and for putting up with my strange behavior during book crises. The support you three have given me is more than that—it is a sense of perspective and reality and fun that underlies everything we do, of which the Web and this has been one, though a notable, part.