Hypertext Editing System

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Created by Andries van Dam and Ted Nelson and undergraduate programmers at Brown University in ... 1967?

Apparently, though the authors didn't know it, IBM sold it to the Apollo mission team to produce documentation that went up with the Apollo flights.

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  • arbitrary-length strings (rather than fixed-length lines)
  • edits with arbitrary-length scope
  • unidirectional branches automatically arranged in menus
  • splices that were branches inviible to online users but traversible by the printer
  • text instances (references rather than inclusion)
  • edits performed through pointer rather than character manipulation

According to van Dam, it quickly presented the "lost in hyperspace" problem.

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