BOF

HyperScope - Advanced Linking and Viewing For the Web


Track: BOF
Date: Wednesday, July 26
Time: 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: E142

The Mother of All Demos...the mouse...hypertext... A lot of great ideas came out of work done by Doug Engelbart and his team at SRI in the 1960s. Some, like the mouse and hypertext, have become so ingrained in the way we work that it's hard to imagine life without them. Others never quite caught on and are still waiting for someone to pick them up and run with them.

Many of Doug's ideas involve using tools to improve the way humans work and collaborate with each other. For example: high resolution addressability within a paragraph, sentence, or even a character; view specifications that describe the way an addressed location within a document should be presented to the viewer for maximum usefulness; indirect addressing that provides a powerful mechanism for avoiding broken links; a verb-noun command metaphor that provides a smooth migration path for new users becoming advanced users.

The HyperScope is Doug Engelbart's latest project, with the help of his cohorts Brad Neuberg, Jonathan Cheyer, and Eugene Eric Kim. The goal is to bring some of these capabilities to the modern user. It's pure Ajax and runs directly in a web browser without any additional software. We are working with the community to provide feedback and assistance in building the HyperScope. The source code will be released under a GPL license. We are looking for additional community participation on this exciting project.

Come join our BOF and find out more about the HyperScope.