[linux-elitists] Prior art search, anyone?

Iain Chalmers bigiain@mightymedia.com.au
Fri Dec 15 00:59:14 PST 2000


At 12:36 AM -0800 15/12/2000, Aaron Lehmann <aaronl@vitelus.com> wrote:


>On Fri, Dec 15, 2000 at 12:21:54AM -0800, Heather wrote:
>> Hmm, 1976.  What year was CERN passing around links in the beginnings of
>> the web?  Well if you believe this one
>> 	http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~abhu000/rp593m.disc.tbl.html
>
>Aren't you all forgetting Project Xanadu from 1960?
>
>http://www.xanadu.net/
>

Vannevar Bush, 1945???

from: <http://www.theatlantic.com/unbound/flashbks/computer/bushf.htm>

When the user is building a trail, he names it, inserts the
name in his code book, and taps it out on his keyboard.
Before him are the two items to be joined, projected onto
adjacent viewing positions. At the bottom of each there are
a number of blank code spaces, and a pointer is set to
indicate one of these on each item. The user taps a single
key, and the items are permanently joined. In each code
space appears the code word. Out of view, but also in the
code space, is inserted a set of dots for photocell viewing;
and on each item these dots by their positions designate
the index number of the other item.

Thereafter, at any time, when one of these items is in view,
the other can be instantly recalled merely by tapping a
button below the corresponding code space. Moreover,
when numerous items have been thus joined together to
form a trail, they can be reviewed in turn, rapidly or slowly,
by deflecting a lever like that used for turning the pages of
a book. It is exactly as though the physical items had been
gathered together from widely separated sources and
bound together to form a new book. It is more than this, for
any item can be joined into numerous trails.



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