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A Reply to Lorand

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Lorand, I don’t have a problem with the importance of knowledge graphs as you put it.

I agree that what matters is to find a way to visually encode the author’s intention in such a way that the reader can most effectively critically access it. I completely agree that a visual approach to this is the way to go and I don’t think we disagree that textual components of this are likely going to be very powerful as well.

I have started some work on this for my Author word processor as Dynamic Views and I am working with Christopher Gutteridge and Gyuri Layos on their visual graph systems for

You say that “text is outdated because of the:”
– need of serialization,
– lack of exact definitions and structures,
– missing ability to follow morphing background.

I don’t agree, with the first and third, as my dynamic views system (and all other visual graphs show) but the second point I do agree with but I just wonder what nodes or symbols or statements or ‘things’ we have available to use which are rigidly defined and structured.

If you want to talk with Ted that’s quite a challenge these days. He is extremely busy with his work but if you like I can tell him to have a look at what you suggest if you send me something very specific.

Your angry tone betrays a frustration I can identify with but I can’t see much in terms of specifically what you suggest should be done. Please note, you trash talk linear text but you reply to me using exactly that. Please show me exactly, even with pencil drawings, I don’t mind, how you think you and me should be talking. No hyperbole, just description. I would very much like to engage new and different thoughts when presented clearly.

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Search own WordPress Posts for Citing/Inclusion

Doug once wrote (in an article which is not currently online, but that is another issue for another day), that it’s hard enough to orient yourself in what someone else has written but even harder with ones own work.

I believe he was (at least partly) referring to the process of writing something and then kind of remembering that you have written something about the specific topic before and wanting to somehow insert it into the new text but having a hard time finding it.

Insert Link to Own Article

For this reason I came up with this functionality for Liquid | Author: When authoring and one has a valid URL on the clipboard then cmd-k on selected text simply adds the link, as is common on the Mac. However, if there is no valid URL then Author will produce a dialog like this, with the assumption that the author wants to link to their previous work. In this case the further assumption, or use-case, is that the author publishes into WordPress, though of course the concept is extensible.

The entry to this view should be through any word processor or other software, such as Author, through a special search URL. It is important that this should be an open capability

The goal is to help the author find the previous article within 2 seconds of looking for it and to insert it or examine it further with single-click instantaneousness.


In the mockup below, the author can refine the list of blog posts (central column) based on what Categories are active (left column), what tags are active (right column) and, optionally (as are all the criteria here), keyword search and constricting the list to showing only long (likely important or at least meaningful statements), short or ‘either’ long or short post length.

The author can click on a blog post to expand to see some of the initial text, double-click to make a citation (Copy As Citation in the Chris Gutteridge Style) or long-click to choose to open it in a browser.

Using the Copied Citation

If all this is built inside Author/word processor: Once the user chooses a post and double-clicks to make it a link, the dialog disappears and the selected text has a dagger† or a link (user pref, maybe on this screen), and they can keep writing, knowing that they won’t have to repeat themselves.

If this happens in WordPress: The user can copy the citation and paste it in to any word processor.


I think this can be significantly useful and I am looking into how to get this built.

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