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The History of Text

A short timeline history of textual milestones in a PDF document optimised for the macOS Reader PDF viewer for optimal reading through Visual-Meta. It is of course compatible with any modern PDF viewer. The basis was the timeline in the first volume of The Future of Text and it will be embedded in the second volume as well as being published as a (free), freestanding book.

This is the current version, as we work on editing, with any comments or suggestions welcome and any contributions acknowledged.

If you would like to contribute any additions please use this format with minimum commentary. Only mention if something is first, not ‘best’ or anything like that.

year, thing, by person, at institution