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Ted Nelson Quotes & Quotations
Ted Nelson
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    But it seemed to me that as soon as you have computer storage you could put every point you wanted in - make the ones that are less relevant to your central topic, further away or allow the central topic to move as the reader proceeded. Ted-NelsonTed Nelson
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    Computers are hierarchical. We have a desktop and hierarchical files which have to mean everything. Ted-NelsonTed Nelson
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    I am looking at it from the point of view of a harried user, which I am, and I believe that I am much more like the typical non-technical harried user than I am like the people who smoothly operate everything. Ted-NelsonTed Nelson
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    I thought I was going to be a filmmaker but at the same time I was an intellectual and I felt that I could make a contribution to some field, as yet, not invented. Ted-NelsonTed Nelson
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    I was very intensely concerned with all kinds of new media. Ted-NelsonTed Nelson
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    In my second year in graduate school, I took a computer course and that was like lightening striking. Ted-NelsonTed Nelson
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    Project Xanadu is essentially my trademark. It was originally, and has returned to my arms as that. Ted-NelsonTed Nelson
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    Right now you are a prisoner of each application you use. You have only the options that were given you by the developer of that application. Ted-NelsonTed Nelson
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    So, I was always frustrated having to write and having to cut things. Why should you have to cut anything? Ted-NelsonTed Nelson
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    So, that notion of hypertext seemed to me immediately obvious because footnotes were already the ideas wriggling, struggling to get free, like a cat trying to get out of your arms. Ted-NelsonTed Nelson
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    So, what you can do in Microsoft Word is what Bill Gates has decided. What you can do in Oracle Database is what Larry Ellison and his crew have decided. Ted-NelsonTed Nelson
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    The four walls of paper are like a prison because every idea wants to spring out in all directions - everything is connected with everything else, sometimes more than others. Ted-NelsonTed Nelson
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    The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do. Ted-NelsonTed Nelson
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    The ideas keep going, you have the material, you cut because there's a limit to the space allowed to you. And the space is limited because of some other constraints that have to do with money or printing or whatever. Ted-NelsonTed Nelson
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    The point is that these decisions they've made are partly for your convenience and partly for theirs and partly out of stereotypes that they carry with them from the conventions of the computer field. Ted-NelsonTed Nelson
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    The point is that you could structure this arbitrary information in any way. Well, given that, now we can write text that can go in all directions. Ted-NelsonTed Nelson
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    What we now call the browser is whatever defines the web. What fits in the browser is the World Wide Web and a number of trivial standards to handle that so that the content comes. Ted-NelsonTed Nelson