Thursday, March 14, 2002
British Telecom takes a blow in its quest to become hypertext's owner and creator
A court finds that Brit Telecom's suit is off-base. While the ambitious company claims to have come up with the idea of hyperlinking, the court determined that the company's patent was more focused on data storage within an individual computer. This weakens BT's case considerably.
At the same time, Wired offers a fun article about an old programmer who counterclaims he invented the hyperlink.
Hyperlinking is what links pages together, makes hypertext writing happen, and arguably describes what happens whenever a user moves from one digital unit to another. BT's claim is a bid for enormous scope over digital media. ::
posted by Bryan, 10:38 AM