Ted Nelson announced the release of Xanadu for the web browser:
- Realize that it loads slowly. Just wait. It’s just a demo so the performance hasn’t been optimized.
- The user interface isn’t always intuitive (it uses keyboard shortcuts)
- The main content is visible in the middle and the related content is displayed in parallel on the side
- The connections between the different sources are displayed with colored lines between the documents
- To see the related source, click on it with your mouse. To get back to the prior source, click on it.
About the document:
- The document, written by Moe Justes, is a compilation of different sources.
- I haven’t read all the content; but though Ted Nelson has said he himself is an atheist, Juste’s method of intertextually invoking other sources is actually quite biblical.
- At this point, it probably isn’t easy to duplicate something like this with your own content, but I wonder how biblical criticism could benefit from this form of parallel writing.