• jrnl WordPress Plugin

    We are starting this journey using our WordPress blog jrnl both as a place for discussion and implementation and testing of text interaction ideas.   initial functionality : glossary   Authoring The user will select any text while authoring and in the text tools dialog a ‘g’ will appear, which the user can click on to view a list of all posts which have been categorised in the [Glossary Term] Category. Selecting such a term will mark the selected term has having that Glossary Term associated with it. Shane, how should we do this exactly, how should it be marked up?   Creating a Glossary Term Creating a glossary term…

  • Posting Dialogue with In-Situ short definition

    I was reading Tom’s book for the Economist this morning and there was a normal Economist style sentence which defined a term. It was something like this: “Cap-Gemini, a consulting form,” and it seemed such a great display style of the short definition so let’s have the form be like this, with many of the fields having suggestions for content to help the user:   When the user starts writing the Short Definition though, it appears alongside the title, staying horizontally centered,  to help the user write it in a style which would work as an auto-inserted description after a comma: However, the issue comes up that if the term…

  • Things to have relationships with in the glossary

    So, we have this now in Liquid | Flow. Select text, keyboard shortcut for the menu and then simply ‘g’ for Add to Glossary. In this case I’ve added Chris: At the bottom we have this pop-up for relationships which is are so far only relationship terms for concepts. But what about for other types of entries, such as people (in the case of Chris), places, documents, things, projects, companies and so on? How should we organise the types? For example, if the entry is about a person, we should have at least these options for defining the relationship with another entry: Works with Works for Works on Created Created…

  • Symbol Maniplation as A Separate Topic

    You asked me what symbol manipulation is and how it is different from tool development. This is my reply. My personal fear in all this is that interaction will continue to be suppressed by the notion of ease of use and that simplicity propaganda will be more powerful than individual responsibility and thought. My personal dream in all this is simply to develop beautiful tools, like a beautiful mont blanc pen, to work on magical papers where information and interactions are as free as possible. In both cases, we need more of a McLuhan study of the media of interactive text, of symbol manipulation to really make progress I think.…

  • Personal Hypertext Report #9

    Finally, I’ve managed to get the “change_tracking_text_editor_1” capability working reliable enough for beta testing and prepared a downloadable package: hypertext-systems.org/downloads.php. Java 1.6 or higher is required. A description of the tool/capability can be found in this video. From here, plenty of very interesting options to extend it present themselves, but I find important to point out that in my opinion, tracking the development of a text is fundamental for a hypertext system and serious writing on a computer. Without it, versioning and revision can only be done retrospectively with heuristical diffs as after-the-fact analysis, which can be wrong and lacks information like the order of changes or changes that later…

  • Integration Publishing

    Publishing is an act on integrating.  When sitting on a flight with my mother on our way to Zürich last night, I bought a new pen from Caran D’Ache (or something like that). It’s made from recycled nespresso pods so this has appeal. Since I had left behind my laptop (short trip, just two nights, but still) I had bought a notebook with ‘Journal’ emblazoned on the front. It’s a good pen and I had already been sketching and writing about Author and Liquid Space, so now I wrote the question:   ”…how can I write and have my writing-the intentions of my writings-understood, transmit-able, integrated.  The last few words…

  • Liquid Space

    An environment developed by Christopher Gutteridge with Frode Hegland. Previously known also as weblaux and presented to Vint first time this week. It’s an environment for visually seeing and manipulating nodes in a network.

  • Webleau progress (Liquid Space)

    Hi, this is a quick update on Webleau (Web Tableau) part of my suite of ideas for how I’d like information systems to work. A guiding principle for me is that people should be able to get a feel for what’s going on and it should be “easy to do the right thing”, rather than a chore. Try the current work in progress here: http://www.soton.ac.uk/~totl/webleau/ The webleau idea is based on an older tool I made, wiki explorer, which was a tool for exploring wikipedia, linked data and other graphs of information. It used <canvas> and didn’t save well, nor did I really think about how to load/save things. None…

  • Webleaux / Dynamic View / Murder Wall (name to be decided – it became Liquid Space)

    In chats with Christopher today we went through what the dynamic view he is working on should really be for and how it should look and behave. We agreed that it should be a way for someone to analyse a series of web pages, by default the blog you are on but with support for any web pages to be pasted in (augmented/hypercopy/citation link copy). Initial work will show blog posts (or pre-prepared for demo) which can be arranged at will and comments being possible to add on the fly. The resulting graphical view will be saveable as a blog post (future). Presented By Christopher Gutteridge

  • Search Results Theme for finding own articles (primarily)

    This is what I was talking about during our previous meeting. Simple search results for the user to find an article they wrote and quickly copy a link or as citation to add to what they are currently writing, with ability to refine search results based on what tags and categories are used around the keyword.