Group Notes was a generalization of the original Notes. Now there
could be an unlimited number of notesfiles, and users would be
able to create private notesfiles for use by their own work
groups. Group notesfiles would serve the same purposes for which
notes categories were designed with none of the inherent
problems. The 60-category limit vanished. Distributing notes
across many files solved the technical problems of dealing with
large volumes of information. The burden of managing notesfiles
would be distributed, as well; no longer would the system staff
have to oversee everything. And, yes, notes would be organized
by subject, as so many people had insisted. Group Notes is one
of those ideas that, with hindsight, seems glaringly obvious.
Group Notes was released in January, 1976, and thereafter use of
Notes skyrocketed. Soon there were public notesfiles for
subjects like books, movies, religion, music, and science
fiction, as well as many private notesfiles for work groups.
The internal structure of notesfiles still had not changed much
since 1973, and it was beginning to show its weaknesses. In
particular, it made it difficult to implement a sorely needed
option to read all responses written since a certain date and
time. So I rewrote Notes almost from scratch, and converted all
notesfiles to a new internal structure in July, 1976. Although
it has been modified many times since, this version forms the
core of the Notes software still in use today.
Copyright © 1994 by David R. Woolley
Copyright (c) 1996 - 2006 Elizabeth Mattijsen
I appreciate comments, suggestions and bug-reports.
Please send these to firstname.lastname@example.org.