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      [IT] could actually [BE] said that I was there BEFORE the Beginning.

    By the TIME of the WYSIWYG 128K Apple Mac launch in 1984the

    machine that acted as THE SEED with which Tim Berners Lee was 

    able to CREATE the World Wide Web as we know it today • I had

    already launched, in association with Acorn Computers in concert

    with the BBC Computer Literacy Project, a BBC Microcomputer based

    INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA 'simulation system', which was reported

    enthusiastically in the Financial Times Technology Column, that

    consequently transmogrified over time into the Apple Colour

    Macintosh based Integrated Communications Bureau Solution that was

    launched at THE ART of the POSSIBLE event in Abingdon, Berks; on

    the very day that our then Prime Minister Mrs Margaret Thatcher,  

    tendered her resignation


      You are about to witness history in the making.


     As Machiavelli wrote in 1513...

   "no one truly believes  

    anything until they have

    had actual experience

    of it"

    We have invited you all here

    today - manufacturers,  

    suppliers, distributors,

    consultants, clients and

    potential clients, to witness

    "The ART of the POSSIBLE"

    "The ART of the POSSIBLE"

     in relation to Interactive

    Multimedia Communications.


    The vision that has brought us here today is my own vision, one which I have had since a child. 

     A vision of a time when we would not necessarily have to communicate our ideas through words 

     and numbers, or pictures, or films, or sound alone, but in ways that were an amalgum of all these

     media. After several years of involvement with the computer industry, my own experience of mainframes,

     minis and personal computers led me to pronounce in 1987 - with the advent of the Apple Macintosh II

     and its open architecture, colour and Hypercard, "That the first piece of the jigsaw was in place "

     & that my suggestion, as consultant to Apple Inc., was that - " Hypercard was so important that it

    should be sold for $3500 and the Macintosh given away with it free of charge "

    Since that time, the Macintosh II computer has been developed and configured to interface with every

    individual medium of communication - be it in print, graphics, modelling, animation, photography,

    video or sound - in the most advanced network environments thus far established. It is this relationship

    which allows us, as individuals, to interact with each of the individual media in a "cut & paste" "WYSIWYG"

    The key point now , however, is that the common networked client platform for

   interaction across all media types is the Apple Macintosh. A platform which allows

    us to "cut & paste" across all media types not just within media types.



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Comment by Michael Grove on April 9, 2019 at 17:01

   IT] was as a result of Tony Dale and Mike Smith of Oxford University Press

   attending a presentation at Newnham College, Cambridge, following the launch

   of the INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA 'simulation system' • which I developed in

   association with the BBC Computer Literacy Project and Orbis, the R&D arm of

   Acorn Computers • that I was engaged as a consultant to OUP for the research

   and development of the Volcano Videodisc Project, the potential transfer of the

   OED onto CD-ROM and then following the subsequent European launch of the

   DiceNET Colour Server System, the supply of a customised system to be able

   to transfer the massive archive of OUP Artwork into a Library of Digital Images,

   which was installed into a basement room adjacent to where the OUP's very

   first Printing Press was installed and marked with a brass plaque in the floor.


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