"Web extras" relating to 2018 and 2019 Annals special issues on desktop publishing (DTP)
Categories below [scroll down]: Special issue contents and corrections for issue 1;
May 2017 DTP pioneers meeting transcripts and group photo; related oral histories for the DTP pioneers, and additional content
related to the papers published in the special issues.
This web page will be updated as new documents and videos are available and as the second special issue comes together in mid-2019.
[Send notes on errors, etc., to email@example.com with the subject field "DTP extras page".]
The first of these two special issues was published as Annals issue 3 of 2018. The second issues is scheduled to be
published in mid 2019. The papers in the first issue deal with technology developments that led up to desktop publishing. The papers in the second issue will deal with the development of the desktop publishing technology and business itself.
Special issue contents
- Issue 1 (Annals vol. 40, no. 3, July-September 2018)
Desktop Publishing: Laying the Foundation —
Burton Grad and David Hemmendinger
Rocappi: Computerizing the Publishing Industry
Jonathan W. Seybold
How Atex Helped an Industry Change the World
More about Atex
The Xerox Alto Publishing Platform
Robert F. Sproull
How Modeless Editing Came To Be
Lawrence G. Tesler
The Origins of PostScript
John E. Warnock
TeX: A Branch of Desktop Publishing, Part 1
Barbara Beeton, Karl Berry, and David Walden
Interview with Charles Bigelow — David Walden
- Issue 2
A link to issue 2 the table of contents will eventually go here
Corrections to issue 1
- Page 5, the URL in the line above the Acknowledgements: the URL should be history.computer.org (no letter f)
- Page 9, third line, "My father saw was not what was being done, but what could be done.": the first "was" should be dropped
- Page 26, third paragraph after "Beginning Atex" head: "this brother" should be "his brother".
- Page 35, third paragraph after "Growth, Sale to Kodak, and Later" head: "be involved printing- and pub-" should
be "be involved with printing-and pub-"
- Page 36, reference 4: there is a spurious comma before the opening
double quote (``, emails ...), and a spurious period and comma before
the closing double quote (23.,''.)
- Page 36, reference 5: there is a spurious semicolon after the closing double quote
(XyWrite,''; -> XyWrite,'')
- Page 36, reference 7: "Marlborouch" should be "Marlborough"
- Page 36: reference 16: spurious semicolon (History,''; -> History,'')
- Page 71, fourth line after "PostScript Minus 1" heading:
"Boudelaire" should be "Baudelaire".
- Page 71, last paragraph:
"SmallTalk" instead of "Smalltalk" (as on, e.g., page 65)
- Page 73, middle:
"user would be able understand it", missing word "to"
- Page 74, last paragraph:
"PostScipt" should be "PostScript" in "QuickDraw-to-PostScipt converter"
- Page 76, reference 6:
"vol. 156, no. 4" should not be in italics
- Page 103, reference 6: "Association" should be "Society"
- Page 103, reference 14: the author names should come before the title
- Page 103, reference 12: "thesis M.S. thesis" has a redundant "thesis"
- Page 103, reference 16: "spines" should be "splines"
- Page 109, first line:
"principle of computers" should be "principles of computers"
- Page 110, second to last line from bottom (in caption):
"structure data type" should be "a structure data type"
DTP pioneers meeting
The two special issues grew out of a May 2017 two-day meeting of desktop publishing pioneers held at the Computer History Museum (CHM). There have been two anticipatory write-ups since the meeting and before publication of the first special issue: in the Annals (search for "Events & Sightings") and in TUGboat, the journal of the TeX Users Group.
Videos and transcripts from the meeting are (becoming) available on the CHM web server:
- Purpose and Introductions of Participants: transcript; video when available
- Technology in the 1960s: transcript; video when available
- Technology in the 1970s: transcript; video when available
- Technology in the 1980s: transcript; video when available
- Seybold Newsletter and Seminars: transcript; video when available
- Adobe: transcript; video when available
- Ventura, Aldus and Apple: transcript; video when available
- Atex and TeX: transcript; video when available
- Impact on the Future of Desktop Publishing: transcript; video when available
© Douglas Fairbairn Photography; courtesy of the Computer History Museum
Left to right in the photo: Hansen Hsu (CHM historian), Mike Humphries (CHM Software Industry Special Interest Group, SISIG),
John Markoff (New York Times and CHM), Matthew Kirschenbaum (historian, University of Maryland), Ike Nassi (CHM trustee),
Marc Weber (CHM Internet Curator), Tom Haigh (historian, University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee), Liz Crews (was Liz Bond, Xerox PARC and Adobe),
Larry Tesler (Xerox PARC and Apple), Paul McJones (CHM Software Preservation Group), Butler Lampson (Xerox PARC),
Paul Brainerd (Aldus), John Shoch (Xerox PARC, CHM trustee), Johm Warnock (Xerox PARC, Adobe), Lee Lorenzen (Ventura),
Charles Geschke (Xerox PARC, Adobe), Charles Simonyi (Xerox PARC, Microsoft), Bob Sproull (Xerox PARC), Don Knuth (Stanford, TeX),
Jonathan Seybold (ROCAPPI, Seybold Publications and Seminars), Chuck Bigelow (Bigelow & Holmes type design studio), Richard Ying (Atex),
Burt Grad (co-founder SISIG), Dave Walden (independent scholar), John Holler (CHM CEO until June 2017), David Brock (CHM Center for Software History).
Related oral histories (and other writings) of desktop computing pioneers
- An interview of Chuck Bigelow is published elsewhere in DTP special issue 1
- Chuck Bigelow was also interviewed at the Computer History Museum in May 2017 [not yet published on the Web]
- Another Bigelow interview
- Chuck Bigelow's partner Kris Holmes interview
- Paul Brainerd transcript
- Liz Crews was interviewed at the Computer History Museum in May 2017 [not yet published on the Web]
- Charles Geschke and John Warnock on the founding of Adobe
- Steve Kirsch, part 1 video
- Steve Kirsch, part 2 video
- Donald Knuth list; audio and visual items are in the list below written items; one of the Knuth interviews in that list was done at the Computer History Museum
- Butler Lampson transcript
- Lee Lorenzen was interviewed at the Computer History Museum in May 2017 [not yet published on the Web]
- John Scull, part 1 video
- John Scull, part 2 video
- Jonathan Seybold was interviewed at the Computer History Museum in May 2017 [not yet published on the Web]
- Robert Sproull wrote the following paper:
Publishing a Computer Graphics Book With Prototype Desktop Publishing Tools which was published in issue 2018-4 of the Annals
- Gary Starkweather transcript
- Larry Tesler transcript
- Charles Thacker transcript
- ... are there others?
Extras for Rocappi history paper by Jonathan Seybold
Extras relating to the two Atex anecdotes
Extras relating to Xerox PARC
Lots of documentation is available about Xerox PARC, which figures prominently in several of the papers in the special issues and
in the meeting transcripts; see, for instance:
Extras (including any corrections) for TeX history paper(s) by Beeton, Berry, and Walden
Relevant prior Annals special issue