About our Website 0

Content 1

This website is the official website for the Doug Engelbart Institute, home base of Doug Engelbart's legacy past, present and future. We have grown our content considerably in recent years.

See our Site Map for the latest.

For all our readers, we expanded our Library section. For change makers, practitioners and developers we have enhanced our Vision and Initiatives sections, and offer an all new Engelbart Academy, Toolkit for Bootstrapping Brilliance, Community Showcase, and Technology Showcase. For students and kids we added our Kids page and Student Showcase. For faculty and education innovators we have the University Showcase. For authors and journalists our Press section with new Press Packet and Permissions page. And for history buffs, we've expanded the Doug Engelbart Archive more historical goodies, including video, photos, and demos, and we've added an all new Gallery of Pioneering Firsts. And we added a new gallery of Awards received by Doug Engelbart, great Quotes, and a summary of his military service. More updates are on the way...

In 2009 we also added social media. To follow our Collective IQ Blog, become a Fan of DEI on Facebook, and/or follow us on Twitter, see our Connect or Join Us! pages.

Special Features 2

Efficient Access 2a

We have added a number of features that enhance efficiency of use whether in your office, on a laptop, mobile device, or simply working fast and furious across multiple windows. Using a small browser window, you can hide the page banner using the Hide/Show Header to make more room for content. The main menu is designed to help you find the page(s) you are looking for in one or two clicks. Once you get to a file, the Table of Contents gives you the bird's eye view and allows you to click directly to the section(s) of most interest. And when you find something you want to bookmark, cite, or share with others, you can right-click on the item's purple number to bookmark or copy a link to the exact location in the file.

Purple Numbers 2b

Also called location numbers (aka statement numbers, structural numbers, node numbers), the purple numbering in the right margin provides both a visual point of reference, and a quick, easy way for you to jump around, and link directly to any numbered item on any page in our website. Each number is a hotlinked anchor name, so you can click on it to jump directly to it. If you right-click on the purple number, you can select Copy Link that points directly to it. Note that when you jump to an item using the Table of Contents at left, the location number is added to the URL at the top of your browser window, which you can also copy and paste; note if you then bookmark the page, this is the URL saved with the bookmark. As for providing visual awareness, the numbering gives a sense of relative location in the content, as well as the structure of the document. For more background, history, and broader application of purple numbers, see Doug Engelbart's Authorship Provisions in Augment (esp. sections #6 and #8), Eugene Kim's An Introduction to Purple, and Peter Yim's PurpleNumbers page and open source extension adding automatic purple numbers to MediaWiki pages Extension: Purple MediaWiki.

Table of Contents 2c

Thanks to our full-service service providers at MRW Connected we offer an open source Table of Contents feature (see panel at left), allowing you to quickly zero in on the information you seek. What it does is capture the headings on the webpage to the desired level of detail automatically, and links to the pre-assigned purple number of the item selected. It also provides visual context.

A Note on Precision Navigating 2d

Our Purple Numbers and Table of Contents features allow you to navigate our webpages with precision and accuracy. These and many other very crucial, not to mention useful features grew out of what Doug Engelbart has been calling for in a ubiquitous open hyperdocument system (OHS) of selected architectural and functional features missing in today's information technology that are required to support dynamic knowledge repositories (DKRs) -- the more tangible elements of boosting Collective IQ (Vision). For example, in an OHS compatible browsing and editing environment, you would be able to change your view on the fly, expanding or collapsing your table of contents view, hiding or showing the numbering, in the right margin or the left, show or hide author-supplied anchor tags or automatically-supplied time stamps noting the date, time and author who last modified an item. For more information about these and other features specified, see our About an Open Hyperdocument System page.

Interactive Video 2e

Precision navigating also applies to video material. We're committed to offering fine-grained video browsing, so you can sample selected segments or chapters of a video rather than always having to watch from start to finish. Our all-new Engelbart Academy uses our new Interactive Video Gallery software. To experience the 'Mother of All Demos' interactively offer a video digest format from our collaboration with Bret Victor. And throughout our site we've used fancybox software to play your selections. On our YouTube channel, we've added chapter timecodes to many of the videos.

Hide/Show Header 2f

To accommodate user preference on the fly, we added the Hide/Show Header feature on the page banner. On the one hand, we wanted to show the man who spawned this legacy, quoting the essence of his driving vision. On the other hand, we wanted to honor his vision for flexible view control, so if you are working in a tight space you can hide the niceties to allow room for more content. We also wanted to honor the environment, which for printing translates to hiding the header reduces the amount of ink needed and allows more content to fit on the first page.

Evolving Since 1996 3

See Early Archives of our Website for a look at how our site has grown and changed over the years.

Appreciation 4

dougengelbart.org 4a

The current website organization, content, and look and feel came about in late 2008. Deep gratitude to our web partners at MRW Connected for all their efforts in designing, implementing, and hosting. Many thanks also to Shinya Yamada for ongoing volunteer efforts.

bootstrap.org (precursor) 4b

Christina Engelbart created our first website under Bootstrap Institute in the mid-1990s, with some help from ISX Corporation. Later Henry van Eyken greatly extended the content into the late 2000s, with considerable volunteer support, most notably the many years of service from Shinya Yamada and especially Bill Daul.