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Category: HyperGlossary

Using Flow to Post Glossary Term

The basic Liquid | Flow tool looks like this:

Hegland, 2019.

Here I have entered the term ‘Vint Cerf’ and I not choose Share/Glossary (or super-shortcut ‘g’) and get this dialog, where I can type in a short and long definition, and remember, this is a personal glossary so we are not interested in any universal truth definition here, and I can also relate this to any current glossary entry, in this case I wrote the relationship as being ‘co-invented’ and chose the previous entry called ‘Internet’:

Hegland, 2019.

The resulting website looks like this. Normal HTML which can easily be parsed into

Hegland, 2019.

This then will be available in the concept view in Author or any other graph software like this:

Hegland, 2019.


Names. To Graph


Where hyperlinks is text you can click on to have a document open in a web browser, hypertext is the general concept of digital text which allows for flexible connections and spatial hypertext concerns visual spatial layout, hyperwords is defined as textual units which can be interacted with to change their presentation/view and where the textual units are the same in all the views.

An example of this would be an entry in a glossary and it’s placement in a document. Doug Engelbart called this an implicit link and that is of course a valid term but the point of a hyperword is not it’s link or connection with something external, it is the pivot point which remains the same while the view changes. For example, a hyperword in a traditional text document will stay the same when the document presentation is changed into a graph layout, timeline, list or anything else, with perhaps an animation so help visually ‘sell this’.

The implementation I am working on for this includes saving glossary ‘terms’ into WordPress posts for use in a word processor such as Author or a graph program such as Webleau. What I am really talking about are nodes. In concept graph worlds these are all concepts but as I last blogged about I am not comfortable referring to a person as a concept.

I need a name which would cover term and node. Or maybe not. Maybe I simply say, hey, here are you glossary terms, go nuts.

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Persistent Conceptual Objects Across Multiple Systems & Views. An RFC

RFC for a system which support object persistence across a workflow of multiple views. A central idea is that while having different views of your information, this is particularly the case if the information is actually the same and only the views change: A term is always the same ‘object’, whether in a glossary, a Liquid Space view or in a word processing document, and can be interacted with as thus.

The central connector of the system is graph view called Liquid Space:

User create and save nodes as ordinary WordPress posts, allowing for openness and interoperability. This is referred to as the hyperGlossary method:

Users can create a node/element manually in WordPress or by using Liquid | Flow (or any other software) to create a structured node with indications of type and type of connections:

Accessing The Liquid Space View

Word Processor

From Liquid | Author (or any other software which supports this), a user can click on a term and choose ‘View in Liquid Space’ and the software will send a URL to the user’s web browser specifying the term as a node to be shown centrally and (optionally, which type of view to show if not the default, how many connections deep to show the connections and so on).

Web Browser

User can select a term and a blue dot will appear. An option will be to ‘Show in Liquid Space’ and it will show the Liquid Space in the same way as if launched from the word processor. This is with the same interaction as we have on at the moment.

User can additionally click to download a PDF from a repository and the plugin will take whatever meta-information for citations (linked Bibtex etc.) and append it to the PDF on download so that in the future when the user copies from the PDF they will copy as citation automatically (with supported PDF reader) and the Liquid Space will be able to open the document for the user since it ‘knows’ the local location of the document.

The plugin will also support augmented copying to allow for quick citation-paste.

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