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Newly-Noticed Welcome Particpant Phil Wall writes:

>So far, zigzag is a really nifty toy, but I have to say it's not much more
>than that for me until I understand more about it.


ZigZag is a prototype and demonstration tool with
 many current intentions.  It has been put together
 with *very* limited resources (but especially the
 most excellent initial versions of Andrew Pam, and
 maintenance by himself and Bek Oberin),
 purposing to--

1.  Demonstrate that it is possible to have software
 without metaphors*, icons, hierarchies or applications.
2.  Begin building a personal software environment
 entirely to my own liking, for every purpose.  (My
 belief is that others will like it too, but only if I design
 it exactly to suit the customer base I know best !-)
3.  Show a generalized form of connectivity that could
 be made the basis for a lot of things in--
- software
- consumer appliances (note that it nicely fits both
 touch-tone and Nintendo input)
4.  Investigate a possible new operating system / world
 without hierarchies, with everything annotatable, etc.
5.  Provide a test bed and assembly kit for component
 software-- a very different alternative to Visual Basic.
6.  Provide a new interface for Unix/Linux (the zzshell
 command, not yet functioning correctly, which will
 allow arbitrary cells to execute Unix command lines
 and programs, yet pass parameters; allowing gradualism
 in learning one of the world's most user-hostile environments.

Best, T

* scraps of resemblance-- I refuse to accept the term
 "metaphor" for conceptual structure or virtuality.
 See my book *The Future of Information* at 

At 04:16 PM 11/4/98 -0600, you wrote:
>how to navigate, make new dimensions and nodes, make links, and put in
>data. So is there any documentation around that describes how to make
>nodes that are active, that is, nodes that I can park cursor 0 on and hit
>return to get them to do something after having put code inside them?
>I realize you can simply put a "#" as the first character in the node,
>but I don't know what commands are available to put in them.
>So far, zigzag is a really nifty toy, but I have to say it's not much more
>than that for me until I understand more about it.
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