[clug] [OT] X-Space (old Apple(?) project)

Andrew Boyd facibus at gmail.com
Fri Oct 19 06:50:16 GMT 2007

On 10/19/07, Alex Satrapa <grail at goldweb.com.au> wrote:
> Does anyone remember a project called "x-space" (or something
> similar, vague I know) where one could navigate through a "space" of
> words that were linked in some way (for example, topics in a
> dictionary) by "zooming in", during which process the space renderer
> would show or hide linkages that became more relevant at a particular
> level of "zoom"?
>  From memory, at the "top" level you'd see a few nodes linked
> together, which were the most "important" nodes in the network. Then
> as you "zoom in" on one node, you'd see more linked nodes appearing
> (and more nodes appearing that were linked to linked nodes) around
> the node of interest, with links disappearing from the peer nodes at
> the new "top" of interest.
> Vague enough?
> I think it was one of the first interesting examples of Java
> programming that I remember, so this would have been some time around
> 2002.


sounds a little like Kartoo, which was(is?) Java and was the coolest
thing on the web in 2002.

Context visualisation tools are a dime a dozen now, but at the time,
it had a lot of Woo factor.

Cheers, Andrew
Andrew Boyd

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