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Re: History of incremental searching

From: Jesper Harder
Subject: Re: History of incremental searching
Date: Mon, 17 May 2004 17:01:58 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110003 (No Gnus v0.3) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

Alan Mackenzie<address@hidden> writes:

> Just out of curiosity, does anybody here know the how, when, where and by
> whom of incremental searching?
> When was it invented, and in which product?  Did it arise first in Emacs?
> Whose idea was it?

This page <> suggests that it was
invented at MIT:

  this feature usually goes by the name "Incremental Search". The
  initial idea and implementation was done circa 1974 by researchers
  at MIT and later included in the popular word processor named
  "EMACS" (Richard Stallman, 1979). The claim that incremental search
  should be a fundamental part of making software easier to use was
  argued by Jef Raskin in his excellent book "The Humane Interface".

Jesper Harder                                <>

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