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February 2, 2004

Who invented the Wizard?

Posted 3825 days ago on February 2, 2004

Google has failed me, so... does anyone out there know who invented the wizard? By which I mean the step-by-step dialogs commonly found in all sorts of software (question arises from my work reviewing programming IDEs)?

Excel's Chart Wizard? Or I have a vague recollection that Microsoft Publisher 1.0 was an early example? Having said which, someone will pop up and say it has nothing to do with Microsoft...

Update - see this more recent post as a wizard inventor has now come forward.

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Re: Who invented the Wizard?

Posted 3779 days ago by Tim Anderson • • • Reply

They say 1997 - I'm sure there were wizards around before that. I think they mean in their industry, ie. direct mail software.


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