The True Structure of Information

Ted Nelson
Project Xanadu


Information is not a commodity; it comes in brand-name packages. The real problem is not the mere content, but the cross-structuring among these packages. Computerfolk are too concerned with the packaging (fonts, layout, Web special effects), with the isolated package contents (word processing, text retrieval), and with flimsy and trivial connections among the packages (today's ever-breaking one-way links). We must face what I believe are the important issues-- those which will define our media of tomorrow and how they are kept and supplied ("libraries").