Authoring Systems & the Art They Wrought

  • Ben Shneiderman's Hyperties
  • Created in C Programming Language
  • 1983-1989

Ben Shneiderman, credited for the blue hyperlink so common today to webpages, began work on Hyperties in 1983 at the University of Maryland. Envisioned as an information knowledge system in the vein of those used by museums of the period, it was sold commercially for the IBM PC by Cognetics Corporation. The example seen in this exhibition is the July 1988 issue of Communications of the ACM running on a virtual machine.