Half a century is not that long for paradigm shifts in human history.
“On August 24, 1965 Ted Nelson used the word ‘hypertext’ (which he coined) in a paper he presented at the Association for Computing Machinery. I was able to interview him earlier this month about the event and his early thoughts on the future of computing. It is hard to know where to start when writing an introduction for Ted Nelson because his interests and accomplishments have spanned so many areas across six decades.”
(Byron Reese ~ GigaOm) ~ courtesy of erikhartman ★
‘Do it right’ is a great design principle.
“Links that follow up on the user’s current interest encourage site exploration and reduce bounce rates. With the proper invitation, people will stay longer on your site.”
(Hoa Loranger ~ Nielsen Norman Group)
Document thinking is still alive and kicking.
“In computer science, transclusion is the inclusion of a document or part of a document into another document by reference. Rather than copying the included data and storing it in two places, a transclusion embodies modular design, by allowing it to be stored only once (and perhaps corrected and updated if the link type supported that) and viewed in different contexts.”
Great to see this article appear in the publication where it all started, according to US history. Finally, some historical truth being added.
“Historians of technology often cite Bush’s essay as the conceptual forerunner of the Web. And hypertext pioneers like Douglas Engelbart, Ted Nelson, and Tim Berners-Lee have all acknowledged their debt to Bush’s vision. But for all his lasting influence, Bush was not the first person to imagine something like the Web. (…) For all his remarkable prescience, Bush never predicted anything like the Internet. That credit rightly goes to Otlet.”
(Alex Wright a.k.a. @alexgrantwright ~ The Atlantic)
As we know, links are the best part of non-linearity.
“Writers worry about whether links will distract users. To discuss this concern, we need to begin by distinguishing between imperative links that command the reader to click and passive links that merely make finding ancillary material easier.”
(Mark Baker ~ Every page is one)
A moment to remember.
“Twenty-five years ago today, I filed the proposal for what was to become the World Wide Web. My boss dubbed it ‘vague but exciting’. Luckily, he thought enough of the idea to allow me to quietly work on it on the side.”
(Sir Tim Berners-Lee)
Cards, tags and organizing, the Google way.
“The idea is that each card is a single atomic contextual piece of information; essentially, a suggestion, a prompt, a call to action.”
(Graham Hunter a.k.a. @MarketerGraham)
Cards and tags, a magic duo. Ask Paul Otlet or Bill Atkinson.
“We are currently witnessing a re-architecture of the web, away from pages and destinations, towards completely personalised experiences built on an aggregation of many individual pieces of content. Content being broken down into individual components and re-aggregated is the result of the rise of mobile technologies, billions of screens of all shapes and sizes, and unprecedented access to data from all kinds of sources through APIs and SDKs. This is driving the web away from many pages of content linked together, towards individual pieces of content aggregated together into one experience.”
On one thing we all agree, Jakob Nielsen made the hyperlink blue.
“Hyperlinks are the glue that holds the Web together. Without links, the Web would be a very different place, that’s if it would exist at all.”
(John MacPherson a.k.a. @johneemac ~ Six Revisions)
Nano copy design improves holistic UX.
“Linking from your content is important – it builds credibility and improves usability, which combined equals more satisfied readers and hopefully return visits. Finding the right material to link to takes time and effort; effort that is wasted if no one bothers to ‘Click here’.”
(Mich Walkden ~ Mich-communication)
Hyperlinking used to be called hypertext, hypermedia or hyperspace.
“Linking is the essence of the Web. Web professionals must focus primarily on links, rather than the content or technology.”
Should be part of “The Web That Wasn’t”.
“I was a Hypercard child – though our friendship was brief.”
courtey of markbernstein
“The Web is large and new, it flourishes, It seems to go from strength to strength, and yet we do not know how strong it really is. We must remember that we still could wreck the web.”
(Mark Bernstein a.k.a. @eastgate)
“Nelson’s ideas, once dismissed as utopian, have become central facts of modern life. But none of this is enough for him. The computing world we know is but a dim shadow of what might have been.” (Mark Bernstein)
“Over a period 30 years hypertext developed and started to mature … until in the early 1990s came the web and so much of hypertext died with its birth … I guess a bit like the way Java all but stiltified programming languages.” (Alan Dix) ~ courtesy of markbernstein
“(…) I gave a keynote address at the Hypertext 2010 conference in Toronto where I found a community somewhat under threat by other web research conferences but nevertheless alive and kicking. The organizers had asked me to consider where the field might have gone wrong and where it might go in the future.” (Andrew Dillon ~ ACM Hypertext Conference 2010)
“The 1st international congress on Web Studies aims at providing a venue for researchers and professionals from different backgrounds for discussion, study, practical demonstrations, sharing, and exchange on new developments and theories regarding the World Wide Web. The congress therefore invites contributions from a heterogeneous set of fields and domains such as: Web systems, computational intelligence, human-computer interaction, digital theory, Web sociology, and well as interactive and digital arts. We also encourage contributions from businesses and organizations.” (1st Int’l Congress on Web Studies) – courtesy of markbernstein
“Pause for a moment and think about the history here. 1993 is 16 years ago as I write this, about the same span of time between Vannevar Bush’s groundbreaking 1945 article ‘As We May Think’ and Nelson’s initial work in 1960 on what would become the Xanadu project. As far as software projects go, this one has some serious history.” (Micah Dubinko – Micahpedia) – courtesy of markbernstein
“The field of spatial hypertext emerged from early efforts to visualize node-and-link hypertexts in the late 1980s. There were a few different systems by the end of the 1990s and an annual Workshop on Spatial Hypertext began in 2001.” (Journal of Digital Information 10.3) – courtesy of mbernstein
“XHTML2, a standard-building project planning a successor to XHTML, has been cancelled.” (Mark Bernstein)