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Scrolling Forward, Updated Edition: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age


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A fascinating, insightful, and wonderfully written exploration of the document.

Like Henry Petroskis The Pencil, David M. Levys Scrolling Forward takes a common, everyday object, the document, and illuminates what it reveals about us, both in the past and as we move into the digital age.

We are surrounded daily by documents of all kinds—letters and credit-card receipts, business memos and books, television images and web pages—yet we rarely stop to reflect on their significance. Now, in this period of digital transition, our written forms as well as our reading and writing habits are being disturbed and transformed by new technologies and practices.

An expert on information and written forms, and a former researcher for the document pioneer Xerox, Levy masterfully navigates these concerns, offering reassurance while sharing his own excitement about many of the new kinds of documents that are emerging. He demonstrates how todays technologies, particularly the personal computer and the World Wide Web, are having analogous effects to past inventions—such as paper, the printing press, writing implements, and typewriters—in shaping how we use documents and the forms those documents take. Scrolling Forward lets us see the continuity between the written forms of today and those of the past..

About the Author

David Levy has a PhD in computer science from Stanford University as well a diploma in calligraphy and bookbinding. He was a researcher at Xerox and is currently a professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. He lives in Oakland, California.

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Levy, David
Arcade Publishing
Levy, David M.
Computers Reference-Social Aspects
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8.25 x 5.5 in

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Engineering » Communications » Information Theory
Engineering » Engineering » History

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