[ih] what is and isn't the web, was Rise and Fall of the Gopher Protocol

John Levine johnl at iecc.com
Sun Aug 21 09:57:49 PDT 2016

>>> In fact, hypertext specialists thought it was broken; 
>The academics working on hypertext thought that a hypertext system
>without bidirectional links and some kind of continuous completeness
>checking (so that dead links would vanish automatically) wasn't

Ted Nelson sure did.  Indeed, he still does, and he's still trying
to implement something more like what he had in mind all along.

>Tim made a very strong argument that a system with bidirectional links
>and consistency checks was undeployable at large scale, and of course
>he was right.

As far as I can tell, none of the previous hypertext designs seriously
thought about a system where everything wasn't more or less under the
same management.


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