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.
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
, and content
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
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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"
encoded in a hyperlink
all at once (with some syntax)
(This does not currently do anything interesting, but it should soon.)