In the early 1980’s, the newly emerging interactive online industries had to build a large number of pages that could be updated easily, were platform independent, and retained some “meta-information” intelligence about themselves. We didn’t really have many standards in the interactive industry just yet, so I invented my own data-tagging system. It was crudely XML-ish – but it worked
Build a Useful Toolset
My first attempt at Software Solutions was a suite of productivity tools based on modular, customizable templates and tagging (1984)
Global HTML-like “tags” to identify and control coherent page elements and stylesheets
Information “placeholders” to allow easy updating of graphically sophisticated pages
Flexibly-defined “info hooks” so that data could be easily manipulated by software engines
Platform-independent “identifiers” so that information could be delivered in a range of formats
Content Integration through Context Management
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- Modular Design
Here are the products which The Communication Studio put on the market to support the “first wave” of interactive services in the US between 1984 and 1988.
- This productivity tool lets you quickly edit graphically sophisticated pages through a simple Template and Clip Art-driven design tool.
- This fully-featured site platform is targeted as a standalone self-service information “kiosk” that can be updated online.
- This billboard presentation manager lets you create, edit and present a slideshow on any computergraphic device.
- This technical tool displays the underlying code of a NAPLPS computergraphic file with referential annotation.
- Our Clip Art imagery was specifically designed for use with TextUp templates.
- This software page generator engine takes a “bare bones” simple text file, automatically reformats the data in it into graphic pages.
Traction to Action
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