Web content, in depth

When we talk about content we are referring to a piece of information that, for any reason, is valuable for users and that could be delivered by different media such as the Internet, books, television, audio CD’s, or even live events like conferences, presentations or expositions.

Content architecture representation

Content architecture representation

 Today, however, we are going to focus and put the stress on the accurate analysis of the Web content and its development. First of all, let’s define what we should understand by Web content development. We call Web content development to the process of researching, gathering and editing information for publication on Web sites. Web site content may consist of texts, graphics, pictures, movies… distributed by a hypertext protocol server, and viewed by a Web browser. Surprisingly, Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville, two important information architecture researchers, also include in the Web content the future applications of the Web that do not exist right now.

In 1991, Tim Berners-Lee created the HTML (HyperText Markup Language), what made possible the invention of the Web. Since that moment developers started generating new contents, or took preexisting documents and coded them into HTML for publication in the Web. That is the way we began to upload data and publish contents on the Internet, creating, for instance, databases or digital libraries.

Few years later, with the creation of the XML (eXtensible Markup Language), among other reasons, the more modern Web 2.0 was born. This meant a total revolution in the field of Web content because the Web 2.0 allows users to collaborate and update their own contents, like texts, videoclips, photographs… thanks to new tools like wikis, blogs, and those types of applications, and update those contents and transmit information in very different formats.

If we look backwards briefly we can see how Web contents have changed dramatically in such a short period of time, but thanks to the quick expansion of new technologies we are all progresively becoming original sources of information and we are developping our own contents.


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