Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

HyperScope: From the past to the future

Category: Dojo, JavaScript

Brad Neuberg has been working with Douglas Engelbart (inventor of the mouse, hypertext, email, etc) to bring parts of his original NLS/Augment system and some of his newer ideas to the web. The result of this work is Hyperscope, which is built entirely with Dojo, with heavy use of Ajax.

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.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:50 am

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Hyperscope is fine, but why is OPML the underlying Data Model. Is this simply a case of OPML is simpler than RDF (as in Data Model)?

I guess I need to pose this question to the Hyperscope team :-)

Comment by Kingsley Idehen — September 5, 2006

Hi Kingsley! I’ve documented the reasons for my design approaches here:


This basicly answers those who say “Why Ajax?” and “Why OPML?”

I knew those two things might start flame wars, so I’ve answered them upfront ;)


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