Tim Berners-Lee on the Creative Web

From an interview at the BBC

For years I had been trying to address the fact that the web for most people wasn’t a creative space; there were other editors, but editing web pages became difficult and complicated for people. What happened with blogs and with wikis, these editable web spaces, was that they became much more simple.

When you write a blog, you don’t write complicated hypertext, you just write text, so I’m very, very happy to see that now it’s gone in the direction of becoming more of a creative medium.

(In case you don’t already know, Tim Berners-Lee is the guy who came up with the idea of hypertext documents, accessable from anywhere, where documents on any one system could link through a permanant address to documents on any other system – the World Wide Web.)

The original vision Tim had for the web was as a read/write media, where the browser was also the editor, and anyone could alter anything they had permission to. Initially, the idea fell down a little, and browsers became read-only things, while editing remained more complex than it was ever intended to be. Now, we’re starting to reach Tim’s vision – anyone can edit anything, so long as the hosts allow it. Blogs allow for easy and quick publishing, and most allow readers to write back through comments and trackbacks. Wikis, like our creativity articles allow anyone to sign up and edit any page. Things remain relatively safe from vandalism and spamming by keeping a full history so anyone can roll back to any previous version and undo changes.