Thursday, October 18, 2007

Paper Under Glass

As a companion piece to what I wrote a week or so ago in The Book and The Browser, here's another link via if:book. Early hypertext innovator Ted Nelson gives a talk at Google on the deficiencies of the paper-based representation of documents on the computer. It's about an hour long, and hardly a polished presentation, but worth checking out. Nelson's prototype Xanadu Space application leaves a lot to be desired in its interface, but it is a real and radical attempt to comprehensively rethink the way we view documents, understood broadly as text, music, photos, video, etc.

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