Matt Jones

Through Caverns

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I've been interested in the work of Ted Nelson ever since I watched Douglas Adams’ [seemingly forgotten about] documentary ‘Hyperland’ back in 1990. Ted Nelson coined the term ‘hypertext’ in the 1960s when he started Xanadu, a “project [which] foresaw world-wide hypertext decades ago, and endeavored to create a much deeper system”. It seems that Nelson is bitter about the success of the world wide web and it's ‘one-way’ hypertext system and this is especially evident if you read his home page. I admire Nelson's work, and the Xanadu model seems like a much more complete solution than hypertext as we know it… but where is Xanadu? After 40 years of development and the birth of the global network of computers, I thought we might have seen something by now, something we can download and try out for ourselves.Thanks to Stu at t-melt.com for emailing this link regarding Nelson's current views on the WWW. I also found A Subjective Chronology of Literary Hypertext, which is also an interesting read.