Cath White Head and ShouldersI'm Cath White, and I first became acquainted with computers in 1976, working for a British mainframe company. And, yes, they were huge!

I moved on to work with dedicated word processing systems, and then PCs in the early 1980s.

My earliest exposure to anything remotely like the internet as we know it was in about 1985; the company I was working for had a large legal client base, and we set up a system which used a dial-up modem to allow Australian legal practitioners to access the US LEXIS and NEXIS databases. It was truly primitive, but it did the job.

I created my first website in 1996 – the screenshot is courtesy of the WayBack Machine. You can click on it to see a larger version.

Since then, I've taught many people to use HTML and CSS, which I still do and love.

The internet is important; despite the prevalence of cat photos, we have access to more information than any generation that’s preceded us. And I think it’s vitally important that it’s treated with respect, and that those of us who create websites should create the best sites possible.