It was made to correspond to people in other laboratories around the world. Later on in the years, it was used to look up info. Now the world wide web can be used for just about anything, paying bills, learning, playing games, etc.
The new browsers now give the designers the control that they didn’t have 6 years ago. Even small and big businesses use websites to help them grow, that right there should tell you how far web design and the internet as come.