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[Axiom-developer] 20090221.02.tpd.patch (add Scott Morrison's original h
[Axiom-developer] 20090221.02.tpd.patch (add Scott Morrison's original hypertex plan)
Sun, 22 Feb 2009 12:23:16 -0600
Scott Morrison did the original work on hypertex. He sent an image
from his notebook showing the original design notes. The page contains
references to Clifton (Williamson), Barry (Trager), Steven (Watt),
(Steve) Gortler and Stephen Buchwold.
The early Scratchpad graphics work was done in X10 and there was
a steep learning curve for X11. As is clear from the notes, Scott
was asked to figure out a lot of low level details like Font handling
(a pain in X11) as well as high level details like the active area
Given that this was all required before the idea of web browsers
arrived on the scene, Scott did some incredible design work. Hypertex
allows embedded graphics, which become "live" when clicked. It allows
"tear off pages" (e.g. open-new-window in firefox). It allows search
activities. It has adjustable fonts. It could be run standalone or
in connection with Axiom. It has a page format that was very close to
latex in syntax and semantics (much better than html). It allowed user
defined page tags (ala XML). It ran as a separate, parallel process.
Some days you have to be impressed.
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