Re: It's all Gutenberg's fault... :-)

Subject: Re: It's all Gutenberg's fault... :-)
From: David Blyth <dblyth -at- QUALCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 09:49:14 -0700

>So Netscape and Microsoft have finally caught up to where Ted Nelson was many
>years ago, in _Computer Lib/Dream Machines_. How come I'm not surprised it has
>taken them so long?

Shrug. It's also taken this long for Hypertext to take off in the form of
the Web. It's probably symbiotic - if there is no dream for reusable text,
then it never becomes a reality. If there is no corporate buy-in, then
it stays a dream. What Ted did in a lab - or even in larger form - doesn't
rise to consciousness until it's commercialized. This is not necessarily
a good thing.

All this discussion of reality and dreams reminds me of Calderon de la Barca.

David (The Unbiased) Blyth
Technical Writer & Web Site Designer
Qualcomm

The usual disclaimers apply - QUALCOMM isn't that crazy.

Blodo Poa Maximus
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