• Mouse-Over search for jrnl

    I had a very useful conversation with Shane Gibson yesterday about how to incorporate glossary entries into a blog post and whether the user should manually do this or if the system should do it or something in-between. I designed an interaction based on this https://jrnl.global/2019/04/12/jrnl-wordpress-plugin/ but this morning I realised something quite different: Doug Engelbart talked about explicit links (what we might call hyperlinks) and implicit links (such as a link from a word to its entry in a glossary). This made me realise that when an author makes a link, whether to an external site, another blog post or to a glossary term, this is an explicit link,…

  • Moving Forward

    Priority For me, the most important problem that I am interested in working on is the creation of documents which are as findable readable and citable as possible. By ‘document’ I mean an enclosed unit of information which links to other information implicitly or explicitly and is self-contained in its ability to be shared as an individual item. I think of a document as a framing of human intention and this is why it is a unit of knowledge worth investing in to make more accessible than simply a copy of the paper substrate document which had no inherent interactive or connective capabilities beyond what happened in the readers mind…

  • after the 9th

    We had a fantastic Saturday together on the 8th, with many participating in person and Gyuri, Timour, Irina and Shane joining us online: thefutureoftext.org/8-december-2018.html The 9th was marked by a large celebration at the Computer History Museum, where we all demoed alongside such luminaries as Ted Nelson and Tim Berners-Lee: So where do we go from here? We have all had some time to settle down from the events (and the work leading up to them), so we now need to decide how to move forward. It’s been suggested that we ‘eat our own dogwood’ and that we should therefore use Exaptive and KnowFlow, which I personally agree with. I…

  • Glossary Thoughts & Notes

    Notes on the glossary project, to be either named Liquid Glossary or hyperGlossary.  Project website: https://hyperglossary.info Relates to Doug’s Work Provides a glossary capability Makes authoring less repetitive Connects different views and systems Glossary Entry Creation The glossary entries can be created and stored as WordPress blog post articles with special, though human-understandable formatting. The author can create an entry in WordPress by simply assigning the Category ‘[Glossary Entry]’ and that’s it. The user can also use external systems to create the entry in order to add further, useful meta-data, such as this in Liquid | Flow: In this way the user can add a short and (optional) long definition and…

  • 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.…

  • Cairo

    Our goals for the 14th of November, when I present to Ismail in Cairo, is to have the following working: High resolution copy working in more browsers with author identification integrated into jrnl Communication between Chris’ and Gyuri’s visual graphs Quick search of own articles

  • 9th December, my Priorities (personal)

    For the jrnl project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doug Engelbart’s demo, I aim to have the following done and ready to demo and for people to download and use themselves: Liquid | Author support posting to WordPress with high-resolution addressing for citation done. Flow and Find in Article, both of which are ViewSpecs and will require that the document is re-drawn live in jrnl Basic hyperGlossary functionality for jrnl and Author. Author released with perfect citation export and use experience. Bonus would be to have the following or at least have started gearing up for work on: Voice interaction for editing. Compressed Scrolling. Please feel free to share…