Tabbed Browsing, Circa 1588
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
In 1588, the Italian Engineer Agostino Ramelli described a novel invention to facilitate the reading of multiple books at once:
More @ The Proceddings of the Athanasius Kircher Society.
A beautiful and ingenious machine, which is very useful and convenient to every person who takes pleasure in study, especially those who are suffering from indisposition or are subject to gout: for with this sort of machine a man can see and read a great quantity of books, without moving his place: besides, it has this fine convenience, which is, of occupying a little space in the place where it is set, as any person of understanding can appreciate from the drawing.
Note from the Nerd: Wow, tabbed browsing in 1588, but it took microsoft untill 2006 (IE7)! Just a thought...