tsunami

tsunami: symbolic quoting

Luke Breuer
2013-07-07 08:23 UTC

update
It turns out this is called transclusion:
transclusion is the inclusion of a document or part of a document into another document by reference.
See Ted Nelson demonstrates Xanadu Space for a bit of transclusion visualization. It's a bit hard to see though; it's easier to explain how powerful transclusions are first, and the video does not show their true power.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XLink
http://www.xanadu.com.au/transquoter/
introduction
When you email a quotation to someone, you typically will send the quotation and maybe a piece of information that describes its source. Finding the original source and context of a quotation can be arduous. If one quotation is in response to another which is in response to another, etc., tracing the discussion can be too hard to bother: the threshold to entering the discussion Symbolic quoting means that the description of the source is precise: in time, source, and content.
exemplified
four critical pieces of information
  • quotation itself
  • source (e.g. a hyperlink)
  • point in time the source contained the exact quotation
  • exact description of where in the source the quotation was found
example
url:        http://luke.breuer.com/time/item/tsunami_technology/534.aspx
version:    10
characters: 231 - 398
quotation:  "t as a simple desire for inline editing — switching edit mode for
            every little change can be arduous. Such functionality can be the 
            difference between a user choosing to fix a typo in an article and 
            choosing to leave it be. In and of itself, inline editing would be a 
            very nice feature. However, when inline editing is performed using a 
            compiler, much m"

data structure
encoded in a hyperlink
base:    luke.breuer.com/time/item/
item:    tsunami_technology/534
version: version=10
where:   characters=231-398
all at once (with some syntax)
http://luke.breuer.com/time/item/tsunami_technology/534.aspx?version=10&characters=231-398
(This does not currently do anything interesting, but it should soon.)