I was also a member of the IP / SO (Information Provider / Service Operator)
Committee of the Videotex Industry Association. We represented the "content
Though the majority of the committee members represented large (huge) corporations
with very specific market agendas, a subset of us represented the independent design-
Our perspective was more of a "worm's eye view", inasmuch as we serviced arange of
the larger players. As a result, we had a unique understanding of the practical dynamics
of the marketplace.
Note: Produced on a dot matrix printer. Classic.
Before We Called It the Web
The early 80's saw the "first wave" of investment in consumer-oriented interactive online digital services,
known at the time as "Videotex".
Videotex was Graphical, Consumer-oriented, and Easy-to-use.
Videotex was the Web
It was still very early days: The PC had barely been invented, the mouse was non-existant, standards
were haphazard, graphics were crude and communications bandwidth was laughable. Still, we got it to
Ultimately though, Videotex was an idea whose time hadn't quite come just yet. But it was a
visionary model of things to come.