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At the first hypertext conference, Frank Halasz described seven issues for the next generation of hypertext systems. The list is great -- this is one of the all-time classic papers. It's still an interesting list, and you'll find these themes throughout
In the same talk, Halasz speculated that hypertext as a field would vanish in five or ten years, that hypertext would become obvious -- that Hypertext 92 would be like ‘hierarchical file systems 87'.
On reason it didn't happen is that nobody realized in 87 that hypertext writing would be hard. And that's because nobody really appreciated -- and I'm guilty of this too --how hard writing really is.
So, the Halasz 7 are all still current. We've made progress, but all seven areas are still interesting. But let's look at a new list.