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(From a letter to Martin Heller, PC guru)
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- Subject: (From a letter to Martin Heller, PC guru)
- From: Ted Nelson <ted@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 25 Jul 1998 22:56:44 +0900
- Cc: ted@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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My first deliverable software ever, now called ZigZag
("Dimensia" was taken as a trademark!-- ZigZag not!)--
is at www.xanadu.net.
It presents a software space for all purposes that seems
to be completely new-- although it's been waiting,
somewhere in dimensionland, for eons.
This is an alternative to the world of icons, desktops
and paper simulation-- the Xerox PARC paradigm
of "GUIs" in which we are currently inundated.
It is a world of pure multidimensional connection
with some extremely interesting structures and uses
I have already found, and more to come.
An article giving screen pictures and examples is at
The current version is 0.49, whatever that means.
It's certainly not ready for prime time. Development
and maintenance are by two volunteers in Australia.
You can make a boot disk
that comes up running ZigZag under Linux-- with no
hard disk drivers, so probably "safe"-- at
Instructions for making the disk are at
Instructions for exploring the system are at
This allows you to play in the abstract
multidimensional space. In a few weeks
I hope to move some of my demo structures
to the next boot disk.
ZigZag is written in Perl, with a lot of boost from the
FreeBSD hash database system (built into Perl).
Currently it only runs under Linux because of
the interface problem.
While we are hoping to create some sort of an
interface using regular Web browsers, this is
not going to be easy.
Theodor Holm Nelson, Visiting Professor of Environmental Information
Keio University, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Fujisawa, Japan
http://www.sfc.keio.ac.jp/~ted/ PERMANENT E-MAIL: ted@xxxxxxxxxx
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Quotation of the day, 98.07.25:
"There is always far more to be explained than you possibly imagined would
be necessary when you started explaining." TN98