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Liquid use of Rich PDFs (auto-created on download)

How does the auto-meta-adding plugin get used by other tools in the Liquid Information Environment?

I have written on the importance of addressability but it can be summed up as simply: If you can’t address it, you can’t address it. This relates to the importance of objects ‘knowing’ what they are. I remember reading about the development of the open-world game Crysis where one of the developers noted that building the AI was not too hard (in his mind), what mattered was that everything in the world should know what it is. For example, a pice of wood needs to know all the properties of wood so that if it is hit by a round or fist it will behave appropriately.

These two points have real application in the world of knowledge work as well, particularly when it comes to interactions in a richly visual space: If we refer to a document it’s not all that useful to use the nonsensical name of the file, it is much more useful to use the actual name of the document, which is rarely the name of the file when we are talking about PDFs. Furthermore, it becomes useful to refer to aspects of the document, such as the author, so that we can have a graph showing either the documents or the authors (or both) as the main nodes, with connections between them. It might further be useful to put the documents on a timeline and cluster by institution or publication. All this can be done easily if the PDFs are imported into the space with these pieces of meta information attached.

In the Liquid world that means it would be possible to visualise as described above in Liquid | View and in the Liquid | Reader this can be used to allow the user to simply copy text and have it be an augmented copy, complete with all the citation information when pasted.

I call these the very basic Rich PDF documents, where only the creator information is included. Further information about what’s inside the PDF should be surfaced for the host server or application, as suggested by Chris Gutterdidge, so that manipulations can be done in useful ways, such as showing all citations is contains and so forth.

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Liquid | Reader Browser Plugin

Liquid Web Browser plugin for Safari and/or Chrome and/or Firefox, depending on ease of initial implementation.

Liquid | Reader Browser Plugin

Main functions: Download PDF with citation information & Augmented Copying.

Preferences include simple on/off options:

‘Auto-Append Citation Information if found?[]’

‘Augmented Copy on regular cmd-c (•) or shift-command-c?()’

With brief descriptions of each function.

Download PDF with Citation Information

User visits an academic download site (initially supporting and searches for a document and finds one which the user then chooses to download. The downloaded PDF will automatically have all the citation information pasted as metainformation, ready for use by Liquid | Reader, Liquid | View and other applications:

The plugin checks all pages for citation information, such as BibTeX (the authors of the document, the title and so on).

If the user chooses to download a PDF the plugin shows a dialog to the user (same as Author’s citation dialog) which the user can OK, amend and OK or choose Ignore. Unless the user chooses Ignore then all the meta will be assigned to the PDF in the Get Info window, as though it was exported originally like this. There will also be an option to ‘Do not show this dialog in the future’ and stay with last used preference.

Liquid | Reader will use this information so that if a user copies text from such a Rich PDF, all the citation information will be automatically appended and if the user pastes into Author it will paste as a citation. The forthcoming Liquid | View graph application can also use this meta-information. Since this will follow the Adobe PDF Meta information standards, other applications are open to using it too, where supported:

Augmented Copy

The user can copy from any web page and the clipboard payload will also contain in-page addressability, where possible, and author name, also where possible, in a citation ready format. Christopher Gutteridge may support this effort.

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Publish from Author to WordPress : High Resolution Addressing

Publishing to WordPress from Author should work like this. This is VERY important.


In the Publish dialogue, designed to allow the user to add category and tags, as illustrated on Trello, there will be a small ‘Advanced’ link where the user can choose to add and remove wordpress accounts and also to click to view the source code for the paragraph addressability, as outlined below.

In WordPress

On the line before any paragraph (or heading) there should be an anchor tag inserted, based on a hierarchical number or the first characters of text (I don’t mind).

At the end of all paragraphs should be inserted (probably through JavaScript) a few lines of invisible link, which when mouse-over produce the paragraph icon §. Click on this to see an option ‘Copy for Citation’

Copy As Citation

If user clicks, then on the users clipboard will now be the that paragraph text, the URL to the anchor at its start, date and time as well as the name of the Author of the post. Determining the name of the author will be a challenge but when articles are posted via Author the author name will be clearly inserted into the HTML for this function to find it.

If a user pastes this in Author, Author will recognise the format and produce a Citation dialog box already filled in.

If a user pastes in another word processor the format will be nicely presented with the text in quotes and all the meta-information.


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