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early 90s Additonal: March 2000
Attending Ted Nelson's
_World Enough_ talks...
I begin to pick
about his methods. And I begin to wonder: Is it
really a productive way to work?
One of the things
he really wants
Xanadu for is to
handle the You can drive yourself
intercomparision crazy doing this! Far
of different better to try to get it
versions. He right the first time, to
wants to be able develop an instinct for You can't
to look at things picking a good way write an
every way, before without trying to essay the
deciding which way exhaustively examine all way a
is best. permutations. computer
He also places a META
lot of emphasis on
methods of historical But who is ever going
backtrack, so that to look at those old
you can look at older versions, except for
versions of what you Lit majors, historians, I wonder what Nelson
have, and so on. and masochists? Very would think of a GUI
rarely is this a useful editor with a simple,
feature. integrated interface to
Also, evidentally a programmer's version
Nelson takes endless control system, like
amounts of notes about CVS? (Suggest for Lyx?)
things, to the point
where he can't keep Drowning yourself in (January 27, 2006)
track of where the notes is usually a bad Now, the wikipedia
old notes are, or idea. You should has some "History"
what they're about. always try to work on features like this.
something close to the
finished product (if at
Ted Nelson puts a all possible) rather
lot of emphasis on than stall by taking FINISHED
inspiration, yet another note.
getting that idea
down on paper BOTTOMSUP
before it's lost.
But, If the idea
is really good, won't
you remember it, or
at least be able to re-
discover it without
Taking an unsympathetic eye,
Ted Nelson looks an awful lot
like a plodder, a slow Applying that unsympathetic
thinker with a weak memory. eye to myself is left as
But it's actually a real
problem that there's no EXTERNAL
shortage of unsympathetic
eyes towards Nelson.
Despite the lack of success of his
software main project, his writings
have been a clear influence on the
current world of webs and browsers...
and the software we've got might be a
lot better if he'd had an even bigger
Tim Berners-Lee calls him
a "professional visionary".
And there was a Wall
Embrace a Man Too
Eccentric For Silicon
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