[unrev-II] Visiting ZigZag Again

From: Jack Park (jackpark@verticalnet.com)
Date: Thu Feb 22 2001 - 08:33:10 PST

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    Here is the latest rendition of the User's Guide to GZigZag, a Java version
    of ZigZag by Ted Nelson.
    http://www.gzigzag.org/ug/newug.html <http://www.gzigzag.org/ug/newug.html>
    This manual is starting to read like it had an OHS in mind. Here, I am not
    thinking about all the key strokes, but rather the conceptualization of
    authoring and viewing content in a very high dimensional space. Doug talks
    about giving the user control of the views made available. Here's one such
    One of the links on that page takes you to Nelson's (apparently) latest
    thinking (though it does date back a while, it's, at least for me, newish to
    the web. In any case, a quote from one of those pages is this:
    "The Fundamental Text View
    The fundamental view is a 3D space of galleys, itemstars, content links and
    beams. [terminology not final yet]
    To be in the environment is to be able to edit. There is not separate
    application of editing; there is no such thing as a "word processor".
    Anything may be edited at any time, especially by pullover editing
    (described elsewhere), creating a new version."
    Later, most of the ontological entities mentioned do get described. It's
    always a problem, however, messing around in a Ted Nelson space; everything
    has such a, um, well, different name. Ever hear of a "flob"?
    All along, I have talked about Topic Maps as a navigation tool for OHS. I
    still maintain that view. I believe that the multidimensional capabilities
    of ZigZag offer us something to think about in the creation of Topic Maps.
    I'm only running on blind intuition here. Need to hack something to see how
    it works. If you can do so, download GZigZag and play. It's confusing, but
    damned interesting.

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