This forum featured video clips from a 1995 symposium in honor of Vannevar Bush, which included Ted Nelson as a speaker, to illustrate how hypertext evolved from conceptualizations rooted in older media towards the reality of today’s World Wide Web. A discussion following the screening focused on factors that have constrained current implementations of hypertext.
Hypertext, the corner stone of the World-Wide-Web (WWW), is one of the most “hyped” aspects of the new digital media. This symposium provided a unique opportunity to view hypertext from a special historical perspective. It showed hypertext, as viewed by Bush and Nelson, evolved from conceptualizations rooted in older media towards the reality of the Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web (WWW).