The Future Text Initiative


In an era of super-high resolution televisions with large numbers of high quality shows available instantly and of highly realistic and immersive computer games – both experiences made possible by high-powered digital devices – document discourse is still rooted in the analogue era of non-interactive vertical columns of black type on white pieces of paper.


The question I therefore ask is: How can we powerfully augment the process of Authoring and Reading using networked media to support an ever deeper literacy?



Our approach therefore is to build the best Reading & Writing environments I can, starting with my macOS and iOS word processor Author, for which I am building powerful Dynamic Views to make Authoring and Reading more visually interactive for, in collaboration with Jacob Hazelgrove. We have also started the open development of more transparent Socratic Authorship document format to enable a wider ecosystem of developers' efforts to improve how we can interchange rich documents, with Christopher Gutteridge.


Key to the future is to engage in dialogue, which is why we host the annual Future of Text Symposium with Vint Cerf. The next Future of Text Symposium will be in NY on the 27th of July 2018. Save the date!


The work is heavily inspired by my friend and mentor Doug Engelbart. The 50th Anniversary of Doug Engelbart’s Mother of All Demos, will be on the 9th of December 2018 and in support of celebrating the spirit of the demo we have set up the Doug@50 Project


The Future Text Initiative is a component of supporting Deep Literacy.



Frode Hegland,


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