Hyperwords

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Hyperwords
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Developer(s) The Liquid Information Company
Initial release January 24, 2006; 11 years ago (2006-01-24)
Development status Active
Written in JavaScript
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English
Type Add-on for Mozilla Firefox
Website liquid.info

Hyperwords was a term used for interactive text. Whereas the term hyperlinks means words that are linked to specific destinations, hyperwords refers to enabling any word to be made to interact with other programs such as emails, dictionaries, on-line translators etc. through a simple set of commands. The project is now known as Liquid Information or simply "Liquid", dropping the hyper- prefix that stood for hypertext in favor of a more general term for interactive text.[1]

The hyperwords concept has been implemented as a server plug-in and as a plug-in for the Firefox, Flock, Chrome and Safari web browsers. It is a selection-based interface which can be used for references, searches, blogging, emailing, copying, conversions and language translation.

The hyperwords project grew out of a research project at University College London. It was taken on by The Hyperwords Company, renamed to The Liquid Information Company in 2012, where it has since been developed and maintained from its London, UK offices.[2] Frode Hegland heads the company. The original development of Liquid (OS X) was by Daoxin Z in China followed by Konstantin R (TIANI Studio) in Poland and Zuzex[3] in Russia. The Liquid Browser add-ons for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari were developed by Mikhail S and Alex V in Russia and Tobias H in Germany.[2]

The company's advisory board has included Douglas Engelbart, Ted Nelson, Vint Cerf, Dave Farber, Bruce Horn and Douglas Rushkoff.[4]

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