Developer brings most delayed software project Xanadu after 54 years of




The first hypertext project, Xanadu by Ted Nelson in 1960, is “finally” released after 54 years. This Xanadu is the most delayed software project ever. “We blew it in the eighties.”

The now 76-year-old Nelson began in 1960 as a Harvard student with Project Xanadu. The original idea was to write, which could refer. Document from a word processor to other versions That all happened in a list, so that the differences could be seen soon. This would be particularly useful to see where references come from exactly which Xanadu a universal library would be.

Project Xanadu was initially seen as the foundation of the future internet and got in the last century the attention of talented programmers, but inventor Tim Berners-Lee was Nelson ultimately his world wide web. Partly due to lack of money and ambitious plans had Nelson not soundcard to complete. Xanadu

“We blew it in the eighties and missed the chance to become a global hypertext to be. But we can still compete with PDF that paper simulates, by showing links between texts”, as explains Nelson from across the Guardian.

The software project is only quietly rolled out on the Internet and was named OpenXanadu. The program shows a simple document that is based on quotations from eight other works, including the King James Version and the Wikipedia page on the steady-state theory. OpenXanadu shows which parts of the work references come.

The software is “not yet” released as open source, which Nelson suggests that this can happen. In the meantime, he is working on the ambitious project, he says on his site. He still expects Xanadu future source files can send. “That’s the next stage.”


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