11.018 Hypercard and the Web

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Sat, 26 Jul 1997 16:31:21 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 187.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Leo Robert Klein <kleinl@is2.nyu.edu> (21)
Subject: Re: 11.0183 Hypercard and the Web

[2] From: "Craig A. Berry" <craig-berry@nwu.edu> (18)
Subject: Re: 11.0183 Hypercard and the Web

[3] From: Ken Tompkins <ktomkin@earthlink.net> (17)
Subject: Toolbook Assistant

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 18:26:05 -0400 (EDT)
From: Leo Robert Klein <kleinl@is2.nyu.edu>
Subject: Re: 11.0183 Hypercard and the Web

On Thu, 24 Jul 1997, Humanist Discussion Group wrote:

> Has anyone thought through how to use the Web to do Hypercard/Toolbook-like
> things, with Javascript perhaps, to approximately the same degree of
> difficulty for the person who constructs them? I'm thinking of students who
> could handle Hypercard but might have difficulty writing the Javascript
> themselves, so would need some canned bits to plug into their pages.

I'm not quite sure how Javascript would work but recently in a discussion
on multimedia applications I heard that "Lingo" (the script used for
Director/Shockwave interactive applications) is based on Hypercard.
Having used Lingo myself, I can vouch for the fact that it is not really
that difficult--on the order of learning how to write macros for MS Excel.
And if the Hypercard heritage is true, it might be rather familiar to your


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Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 00:27:05 -0500
From: "Craig A. Berry" <craig-berry@nwu.edu>
Subject: Re: 11.0183 Hypercard and the Web

Lorna et al.,

I believe Hypercard 3.0 is supposed to have web integration as a major
focus, but for now, Hypercard 2.3.5 includes:

"LiveCard from Royal/Heizer Software, which enables real-time streaming of
HyperCard stacks off the net that are viewable by Windows, UNIX, and Mac OS
web surfers. LiveCard accomplishes this by streaming each card in the stack
as an industry-standard HTML format file. These files are readable on any
platform while maintaining button and script functionality. LiveCard
enables educational, business, and productivity stacks to be leveraged
across Internet/intranet and across an enterprise through any computer

The foregoing excerpted from:

html#Apple Announces HyperCard Update and Software Bundle>

This is obviously Apple PR literature (several months old at that) and it
is not clear how the web server interacts with Hypercard, but it does sound

Craig A. Berry mailto:berry@metamor.com

Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 07:52:36 +0100
From: Ken Tompkins <ktomkin@earthlink.net>
Subject: Toolbook Assistant


Have you seen the new Toolbook Assistant? If you haven't
you should ask them to send you the demo disk.

It is Toolbook with drag and drop. Basically it has all the
usual widgets except one doesn't have to learn OpenScript
to get it to work. You can export to html or use the Neuron
plugin or simply distribute with the runtime.

I have college students creating all sorts of things including
webpages with it. In my view -- because it powerfully exports
to HTML/Java -- it is the best and most powerful authoring
tool out there.

You might want to look at it.


Ken Tompkins
Richard Stockton College of NJ

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