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Ted Nelson’s global network of computers, Xanadu, predates the WWW

Ted Nelson's Xanadu was before the WWW

Way before the World Wide Web (WWW) was created, Ted Nelson described Xanadu, a global network of computers in his books “Computer Lib / Dream Machines” (1974) and “Literary Machines” (1981).

The invention of the World Wide Web is credited to Sir Tim Berners-Lee who created the global network while working at CERN, a high-energy physics organisation in Europe. In his original proposal for the WWW, Sir Tim had put Ted Nelson’s “Getting it out of our system” as the first reference.

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