"Publishing the future"

"Let the reader drive" was central to my talk on "Publishing the future" today at the Mathematica Users Conference. I compared narrative and reference books, server and clients models, applications and documents. But whatever the publication style, technology or field, the aim should be simple: to optimize the flow and use of ideas from author to reader (and do much better at it than we manage with the 350-year-old way it's usually done today).

Demonstrations is one good example of this radical publishing approach, one that's both innovative and successful--a rare combination!