As a prelude to a big piece I want to write about why MOO systems are so
cool, here’s something I was pointed at a couple of years ago: HHCL’s MOO site (only seems to work on IE).
HHCL is a British advertising
agency, a breed not normally known for pushing the boundaries of 10-year-old
Internet cults. Any doubts I had about the effectiveness of a text-based interface
for this kind of site have been pushed aside by their
reasons for trying it
and the fact that it’s several orders of magnitude more innovative than most of the
Flash-based shite I get pelted with these days.
(Darrell Berry, HHCL’s chief techie, mailed me the other day to remind me of the link –
I’m hoping to collar him soon and hear about his experiences)
But, irrelevant of whether it works for this particular use, it’s incredibly
cool. People have been trying to overlay web interfaces to MOO for years
(the Sprawl/ChibaMOO tried it back in ’95), but this is the only one I’ve seen that
makes sense, bringing the best from both web and command-line mediums. The
software is enCore, created
by the University of Texas for their educational MOO, Lingua.
(They even wrote a
book about how they did it) The latest version of the software appears
to rock even harder – it’s even got a freaking