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The inventor of hypertext (wikipedia.org)
7 points by isomorph on Sept 26, 2012 | hide | past | favorite | 10 comments

He named it hypertext, but Vannevar Bush described essentially hypertext as part of his hypothetical "memex" system in this 1945 article: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1945/07/as-we-ma...

The hypertext description starts in section 7, and continues in section 8.

Long forgotten? I'm sure he reminds people all the time.

He does have some fascinating projects though. Xanadu[1], a sort of visual hypertext browser & editor, is something I'd like to see a "real" implementation of. Any decade now...

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Xanadu

Read these rules for the Xanadu project: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Xanadu#Original_17_rule...

and to me, at least, it becomes very clear why the WWW won the race.

Yup, he was very widely cited (along with Vannevar Bush) back in the '80s when people were playing a lot with this sort of thing, but almost everything he actually tried to create seemed hopelessly baroque and over-engineered.

"Simple" is a very important concept in the real world, and what he churned out was anything but.

[I recall his book "Computer Lib" as being almost completely unreadable too, and remember thinking that he must have doing drugs when he wrote it...]

Paul Otlet is an interesting character, too.


I had never heard of teledildonics. Thanks for the link, I learned a new word / concept !

Someone should digitally archive all those old Mondo 2000 issues as a public service.

For sure ! Bringing real life hacking to the mass could help people understand hacking culture in general !

this wired article on project xanadu is a fascinating read: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/3.06/xanadu.html

I find that article scarier than any horror movie.

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