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This is why I am happy to piggy-back on PDF and WordPress/HTML and web standards such as Linked Data Notifications.
PDF really, truly, needs to be sunset. It is only holding us back.
WordPress is excellent for content self-publishing and much can be built on it. At the same time, it is an older codebase with some inherent limitations that I suspect will present some obstacles to more advanced interaction architectures. I personally swore off PHP years ago.
Web Standards including Linked Data Notifications are the future when it comes to implementation AND they largely do not specify the necessary design patterns for the kinds interactivity that we (the hypertext community) are looking for. The techies have built the technical infrastructure, which is all well and good, but we need more inspired user experience design based on something other than making people better/happier consumers.
We can implement technologies behind the scenes but I am very wary of anything that requires user setup.
100% agree. We have to build tools for the masses.
I am also not trying to tie together commercial or emerging standards such as Hypothesis or dokieli
I likewise do not find these existing solutions adequate to realize our (and Ted Nelson’s and Douglas Engelbart’s) vision. However I do think a general and interoperable solution (such as a protocol or design pattern) is important to create the tools which will yield a systemic shift in people’s capacities and relationship to technology.
What I feel I have to focus on is polishing and polishing the actual end-user process of authoring in Author and reading in Reader, while supporting open standards for richer interactions and richer interoperability, hence Visual-Meta and Citation Meta
1. Change is expensive so only change what really needs to be changed
I would add: Change is expensive so build systems that make change cheaper
Commercial services are not likely to last a thousand years, all companies go out of business
Yes, it’s really important that we are developing services and protocols for the commons. That said, any project needs funding to be sustainable. Not an easy problem to solve.
Respect the actual user workflow
I really have problems with PDF (it’s frozen!) and WordPress (over-reliance on professionally/paid themes) but you go to the market to sell, you don’t shout outside the castle walls.
Yes. It’s not difficult to find those who stayed too wedded to “pure” ideas and failed to adopt enough of a pragmatic stance to make an impact. Such a balance.