Xanadu Hypertext Documents

2019 edition as HTML.

This is a new edition by Alberto González Palomo of the Xanadu System Proposal written by Chip Morningstar in 1984, from the only known remaining copy which was printed on 1984-04-25 at 12:45 PDT.

This is a document I wrote in early 1984 at the behest of the System Development Foundation as part of Xanadu’s quest for funding. It is a detailed explanation of the Xanadu architecture, its core data structures, and the theory that underlies those data structures, along with a (really quite laughable) project plan for completing the system.

At the time, we regarded all the internal details of how Xanadu worked as deep and dark trade secrets, mostly because in that pre- open source era we were stupid about intellectual property. As a consequence of this foolish secretive stance, it was never widely circulated and subsequently disappeared into the archives, apparently lost for all time. Until today!

Chip Morningstar, “A Lost Treasure of Xanadu”, 2019-03-09.

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