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Part 1: Introduction (5 of 10)

So, for instance, I'm starting the first era at the time working hypermedia systems appeared on the scene in the 60's with NLS/Augment being the outstanding example. Sometimes today, we look back on these monolithic systems as antiquated elephants, as biting off more than they could chew, trying to cover all of the user's computing needs under one roof.

But it's important to remember that the goal was the noble one of offering integration to users. Unfortunately, there wasn't much out there in the way of "applications" to link. Was there really a better text editor, or programming environment alternative to that offered by Augment? In addition, there wasn't an infrastructure for connecting separate programs - each hypermedia developer had to design their own.

Last modified: Mon Sep 23 11:49:39 1996
Randy Trigg trigg@workpractice.com