[ih] Fwd: [Dewayne-Net] The Rise and Fall of the Gopher Protocol

Dave Crocker dhc2 at dcrocker.net
Sat Aug 20 19:54:09 PDT 2016

On 8/20/2016 6:31 PM, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
> In fact, hypertext
> specialists thought it was broken; distributed systems designers thought it
> was broken. I suppose gopher was the same. This flatness actually made deployment
> a great deal easier.

No doubt I wasn't tracking any of this closely enough, but I don't 
recall hearing those complaints.

But then, my framework for such things was thoroughly imprinted by 
having gotten access and becoming a longtime user of the Engelbart NLS 
system, starting in 1972.  (My start; the system itself dated back to 
the 60s.)

It had the same, at-will, direct, inter-document linking (albeit not 
inter-machine).  Any place in any document could include a link to any 
other labeled/numbered place in any other document.



   Dave Crocker
   Brandenburg InternetWorking

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