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- Au contraire, unsigned, Mr. Nelson is quite notable to many of us as someone who almost invented the Web with his Project Xanadu in 1960, almost 30 years before Mr. Berners-Lee's creation. Frappyjohn (talk) 05:09, 27 December 2008 (UTC)
I tried wikifying, but its too interdependent. Its well done and readable, so wikifying would only be necessary for uniformity.
One thing I didn't like about him is complaining about Tim Berners-Lee work. Sure, it may not be as good as what he has in mind, but Berners-Lee's work is available now, unlike what he has in mind. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Wk muriithi (talk • contribs) 02:43, 20 November 2005 UTC
- I'm not sure I know what you mean. Would you like the article to have subsections? --TuukkaH 21:38, 21 November 2005 (UTC)
- In terms of your commentary on his dislike of Tim Berners-Lee, there are legit reasons. I would cite them, but I don't have the books around currently. In Weaving_the_Web, Tim Berners-Lee admits that he technically stole Literary Machines, and also (iirc) that he never read it all the way through. He also admits that he was overly simplifying the idea of Hypertext due to technical reasons, which Project_Xanadu successfully circumvented, and that he himself realizes that his designs were a kluge. I don't have the book with me, but if you look Xanadu and Nelson, Theodore Holm in the index, you will come to the requisite pages. I would mention in the entry itself, but as I cannot cite it at the moment, my edits wouldn't stand. I'd much appriciate if someone could find the exact bits for me and stick the info in, since I lack the physical copy. On a more personal note, I have played with the circa 1998 xanadu implementations (Udanax Green) and I have read the FeBe manual, and I prefer the as-implemented design of xu88 to the web. There ARE technical issues, but they are of a different nature; it's a philosophy difference between solid design and rushed implementation, and rushed design and solid implementation. Also, several alternate implementations of the xanadu concepts have been built (not by XOC or any Nelson-affilated organizations), and these are often more stable than XOC's own demos in my experience.  has some examples of such things, and there are others that I have personally worked on (so my statements may be a little biased). --John Ohno 12:13, 06 March 2008 (GMT)
- (great post John Ohno!) - Even further: in 21 century, they (W3C, Tim Berners-Lee) tried, after realizing what mess they created, to fix things (web). In 2001. was "Semantic Web Working Symposium (SWWS, 2001)", funded by NSF, DARPA, INRIA. Essentially idea was that web authors, after years of mess, broken links, no signatures... SHOULD "metatag" every page, every subject, every relations... it was "declaration of defeat: since natural language processing and AI techniques did not provide sufficient results, it is now proposed to put the burden on the shoulder of the authors of webpages who are expected to populate their pages with metadata and additional markup" OR since you miss to built in first place mechanisms of document versioning (like we have at wikipedia), document linking and NOT "copy - pasting"... now we try to fix all things that are broken in first place. []
- Aftermath: John Giannandrea create Metaweb with (Danny Hillis and Robert Cook) manually (?) catalogue subjects, Google buy them and in 2012 make "Knowledge Graph". [] ...and we still have broken links, no real references... as best of internet, we have: wikipedia (where we need MANUAL to fight to put "right" (?!?!) references... and hope that they will not vanish from internet tomorrow (bright side: thanks for web.archive.org and thanks for wikipedia!). but it's sad, so sad... Calimero (talk) 18:35, 24 January 2013 (UTC)
citation for Ted's 4 maxims
It says "" by the statement that << Ted Nelson promotes four maxims: "most people are fools, most authority is malignant, God does not exist, and everything is wrong". >>; But I noticed that, according to http://www.ibiblio.org/pioneers/nelson.html  it gives a source for a very similar quote, in this remark about Ted Nelson: << He often repeats his four maxims by which he leads his life: "most people are fools, most authority is malignant, God does not exist, and everything is wrong." >>. It lists the source as a hyperlink (Wolf, 1995), pointing to "http://www.ibiblio.org/pioneers/references.html#wolf", [1a] which says this:
Wolf, G. "The Curse of Xanadu." , June 1995. Avaialble at: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive//3.06/xanadu_pr.html
So then I proceeded to http://www.wired.com/wired/archive//3.06/xanadu_pr.html  and there, it says: "On his long walk home, he came up with the four maxims that have guided his life: most people are fools, most authority is malignant, God does not exist, and everything is wrong. Nelson loves these maxims and repeats them often."
(these are the 3rd and 4th sentences of a 5-sentence paragraph, the 3rd paragraph of "C H A P T E R T W O", at ). How should the artticle be updated, to supply the ""? Should there be a reference to  or [1a]? Or, just to ? (also - - is  authoritative enough?) Thanks, Mike Schwartz 02:22, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
umm (20:09, 12 July 2007 (UTC)) I went ahead and added the citation. Maybe it would be better if the stuff about which chapter, sentence, and paragraph went down in to the "References" section, instead of up near the top of the article. But I think it is a step up from still saying "". Mike Schwartz 20:09, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
Year of Birth
Needs Picture of Ted Nelson
I would be great to have a picture of Ted Nelson. In the best case a picture from the 1960s when he wrote some of the first hypertext stuff and a more recent one. --Ben Houston 21:12, 9 March 2006 (UTC)
Year of birth
- Also, according to his mother's page (Celeste Holm), she married in 1938, so the chances are he was not born in 1937, but in 1939. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Queereyes (talk • contribs) 10:54, July 10, 2006 (UTC)
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2009 NYT Ref
So, if anyone wants to incorporate some of that information into the article, there's that. Though some of the cliams are kind of awkward, and requires a technical understanding of Zig-Zag and Xanadu, but whatever. -- kanzure (talk) 16:18, 11 January 2009 (UTC)
So where was he born?
At 17:18 on 5 October 2011 Xsidx changed the birth place from New York to Chicago explaining, "having met and talked to Ted Nelson today in person, he told me that the Wikipedia info is wrong". Then at 17:35 the same day Jojalozzo undid the revision by Xsidx saying "we need a verifiable source for that edit". Which might be OK, but there doesn't seem to be a source cited for the bith place being New York either. I poked around a bit and found the following:
- In "Ted Nelson Biography, Hypertext Inventor" at Great Thinkers@suite101 it says: "Teodor Holm “Ted“ Nelson was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 17, 1937."
- The NNDB biography for Ted Nelson says: "Birthplace: Chicago, IL".
- While history-computer.com says: "born 1937 in New York".
- Several sources say that he was raised by his grandparents in Greenwich Village, New York, but I'm not sure that helps very much.
- In response to the search "Ted Nelson birthplace" Google responds: "Best guess for Ted Nelson Place of birth is New York City. Mentioned on at least 5 websites including wikipedia.org, trueknowledge.com and wn.com". But three of the five sources are TrueKnowledge.com and one is Wikipedia, so that just leaves wn.com and that seems to be a copy of or to copy heavily from the Wikipedia article.
- I'm on board with blanking it until we can get a proper source. Jojalozzo 23:30, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
- Done OK, I did that. The birthplace is now listed as "United States". Any suggestions about how we might pin the birthplace down for real? Jeff Ogden (talk) 03:51, 6 October 2011 (UTC)
- My general rule of thumb (although clearly not universally applied nor accepted) is to accept "personal communication" with a living person as grounds for removing incorrect information (espcially if not cited to a reliable source), but not adding it. So agree, perhaps until an obit, sadly, gives more detail. W Nowicki (talk) 16:02, 6 October 2011 (UTC)
- Nelson's autobiography, POSSIPLEX, explains that he was born in Chicago, spent several years with his grandparents living in Near North, and then moved with them to Greenwich Village. It's straightforward, black and white. Chicago.MarkBernstein (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 18:17, 6 October 2011 (UTC).
- Thanks! Jeff Ogden (talk) 20:17, 6 October 2011 (UTC)
- Thanks too. It's been a while since I checked into here. I too own a copy of Possiplex and will forward this conversation to Ted; I think he might get a chuckle out of it. Either way, I think it's kind of strange, that first hand information of the person in question does not qualify as a credible source. I am well aware of scientific and also Wikipedia standards, but … come on … shouldn't there be a way to work cases like this into the guidebook? mf★rader (talk) 16:30, 8 February 2012 (UTC)
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Is he actually living in the UK currently? I checked his CV  and it says "1997-current: Visiting Professor, University of Southampton, Southampton, England. In residence Sep 2001-Feb 2002." I could find no other information about where he lives now. Does even a residence of only 6 months qualify one to be included in the expatriate category? Cephalopod (talk) 05:10, 21 June 2012 (UTC)