Interview wtth inventor of hypercard Bill Atkinson

Alejandro Tejada capellan2000 at
Fri Oct 20 15:29:50 EDT 2017

By the way, according to this article, we already knew
which could be the next breakthrough in technological
progress... but, we don't know who will pour their blood,
sweat and tears to build and sell it to the people.

On Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 2:20 PM, Alejandro Tejada <capellan2000 at>

> Hi All,
> Being English my second language, frequently I have to
> read again (and reread some time after) many of the
> messages that I post in the mail list and in the forum.
> In the forum, we could simply edit, reedit and edit again
> any message until it means what we meant... but in the
> mail list that is not possible.
> After reading again my message about the origin of HyperCard,
> I found that it's easy, very easy, to understand that in my
> message I am dismissing Bill Atkinson's breakthrough as
> an intentional copy of previous works.
> That was NOT my intention. If Bill Atkinson says the he
> invented HyperCard under the effects of LSD, then we have
> to believe him... but when you read about any topic, it's logical
> and necessary to learn and analyze other people's opinions.
> I already written about Walter Cooke and Paul Helckel opinions,
> so here is my own opinion:
> HyperCard was so successful as an innovative breakthrough
> because it followed the natural path of technological
> progress. Hypercard was the next step in
> computer advancement.
> Who is credited with the conceptual foundation of HyperText?
> Vannevar Bush with his description of the "Memex":
> While Vannever Bush described a mechanical device,
> electronic engineers where already creating the foundations
> of computer science and demonstrating that numbers could
> represent and store texts, images and sounds:
> data-storage-in-pictures/
> After the creation of text-only hypertext systems,
> Which was the next logical step in technological
> progress?
> The creation of an Image and Text hypertext system.
> On Macintosh, it's name was HyperCard.
> Al

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