Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

HyperScope 1.1 Released

Category: Announcements, Dojo

Brad Neuberg and his team has announced Hyperscope 1.1.

What is HyperScope?

The HyperScope is a high-performance thought processor that enables you to navigate, view, and link to documents in sophisticated ways. It’s the brainchild of Doug Engelbart, the inventor of hypertext and the mouse, and is the first step towards his larger vision for an Open Hyperdocument System.

The HyperScope is written in JavaScript using the Dojo toolkit and works in Firefox (recommended) and Internet Explorer. It uses OPML as its base file format. It is open source and available under the GPL.

What’s new in 1.1

The 1.1 release had three primary goals:

  • Get a high-quality HTML transformer up on the network, especially for working with the W3C’s documents
  • Bring HyperScope architectural document up to date
  • Fix some small bugs

And for a bit of fun, check out the Paper Airplane research paper/project. Get a feel for a two way web.


Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:30 am

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That whitepaper is really thought-provoking. I feel like I’ve been waiting for third-party solutions (spokeo, or G or Y auth mechanisms) to “integrate” the slew of social networks, but if the browser does it, that is so much more intuitive.

Comment by Lindsey Simon — December 12, 2006

Hi Lindsey! The Paper Airplane project was a research project of mine from 2001-2004. I produced that white paper, as well as a prototype of the P2P network with P2P Sockets (http://p2psockets.jxta.org/ , now run by someone else) and a Firefox plugin prototype of Paper Airplane (at http://paperairplane.us)


Comment by Brad Neuberg — December 12, 2006

Wow, all of this is just…well, insane.

The actual work I see here isn’t entirely practical YET, but I can see where this is going. (in both projects)

I still have yet to see how the paper plane project will work as far as ownership and security, many people have attempted similar ideas, but failed to accomplish anything even close to this calibur.

As for the HyperScope project, I did not even realized xml was that flexible….this opens up my eyes to a world of new possibilities.
I have been programming in dHTML for such a long while, wondering why what I’ve seen day-to-day is still where it is, alot seems to have changed very little…Now I see I have been missing out on alot.

I’m sorry if I seem a bit air-headed…nearly all my knowledge is self-taught using web articles and such, I’ve only taken one web deisgn class and even the teacher told me the first day that I may have been in a higher level of design than him.
If anyone could give me links to more content focusing on xml/opml development such as this, it would be greatly appreciated.


Comment by Shawn — December 12, 2006

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