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:zz: Mission Statement: Where going with ZigZag?
- To: zzdev@xxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: :zz: Mission Statement: Where going with ZigZag?
- From: Ted Nelson <ted@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 21 Nov 1998 22:26:52 +0900
- Cc: ted@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Reply-to: zzdev@xxxxxxxxxx
Dear friends and collaborators:
My various blurtings on this list, including the long
Wish List of July, may have given only a local view;
and I haven't taken the time to fix my Web pages
on the subject in a more general fashion.
So here are a few thoughts:
1) This is an existence proof, to show that software
(and interfaces) can be COMPLETELY different.
Without, for instance, files, hierarchies, icons, metaphors
or "applications" (the greatest blight, say I).
2) I want to see how far this can be carried: into
new programming forms and organizations which
are spatial; into the equivalent of database; into an
operating system / user environment which allows
seamless (or perhaps Unseemly !-) integration of
new user functions and activities.
3) I would like to build an environment I can live in,
reflecting and inhabiting this structure and space--
in the same way that Unix, the Mac and especially
Emacs reflect structures and spaces that particular
people particularly like. (Emacs being truly a world
built for one particular user, and very well, too.)
4) With the ZZpush interface, it should be possible
to offer this environment to PC users, who might even
be able to hook it up with their own menus to existing
5) As often mentioned, I imagine a Director's-Cut
version with maybe 16 predefined dimensions and
guidelines. Unforch I'm far from having time to
work on this design and write these guidelines, so far.
While the D-Cut will not have Apps, it will kind of have
App Zones, where you feel like you're doing a
certain thing (but may connect directly to another).
6) As a product, of course, I would like ZZ to become
seriously powerful, efficient, and reliable, and make
it available for Palm Pilot, PDAs, etc., especially after
App Zones are created.
7) And of course the ever-tempting notion of a
coprocessor board for the PC that could interact
with running programs in Windows, etc.-- and
take away some of the Window pains (ow, not
These are some possible directions. Eager to hear
other thoughts, esp. from youse friends.
Theodor Holm Nelson, Visiting Professor of Environmental Information
Keio University, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Fujisawa, Japan
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