Inaugural forum on the future of text at The British Library in London.

The format was short presentations with a panel discussion hosted by Frode Hegland.

Video of the event




• What should we be able to do with our text?

• What should we not be able to do?

• How will text change in competition with other media?

interactivity & presentation

• What role will interactivity have?

• What is interactive type, potentially?

• How will typography develop?

• What are interactive documents and what can they be?

• How will documents relate to each other?

reader & writer

• What will the role of author be?

• What will the role of editor or curator be?

• How will readership change?



Frode Hegland is director of The Liquid Information Company, makers of interactive text systems for individual knowledge workers and companies.

Vint Cerf is quite correctly referred to by many as the father as the internet. He is the co-author of TCP-IP, which is the technical underpinning of the internet. Vint will talk a about digitization and what we can do with text once digitized.

Ted Nelson not only coined the term 'hypertext' but he also designed the fully integrated Xanadu authoring, publishing and reading system, complete with visible links, copyright control and micropayment control - in the sixties. Ted will talk about novel ways to look at what documents are.

Tom Standage is the editor of Economist online and the author of remarkable books, the most relevant for us begin The Victorian Internet, the history of the telegraph. Tom will talk about the author's and readers perspective.

Keith Martin is a Senior Lecturer in Publishing at the University of the Arts London, teaching publishing, editorial and design for print and digital media in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He is also the Technical Editor of MacUser magazine. Keith will discuss typography and the future of publishing.

from The British Library:

Helen Hockx-Yu, Head of Web Archiving

Luke McKernan, Lead Curator Moving Image

Lee-Ann Coleman, Head of Science, Technology & Medicine

Matthew Shaw, Curator of North American History