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Dynamic View Update

Jacob has finished much of the functionality of the Dynamic View, in fact, since it’s been simplified and a citation view will be built separately, 500 lines of code could be commented out. As I leave Bergen from an emotional week, this is what’s left on Trello for the Dynamic View:

And this is what’s left for Author in general, of the important issues:

One of the issues which took the longest to resolve was that moving between word processing and dynamic views is a bit jarring when you can’t see a difference/a different environment. It took a lot of thinking and experimenting but having the dynamic view as a dark, monochrome mode should be different enough and this carries some implementation repercussions.

Monday I’ll be in Cambridge for the JATS event which we are a sponsor of, that is to say, Author is a sponsor of, and I hope to be able to demo some of this and tell people it’ll be in the App Store in a few days, rather than simply that we are working on it.

Some amazing people have signed up for the Future of Text Book and now it’s on to completing the lineup and then deciding on publisher. Vint is doing the intro and Ismail is doing the postscript:

  1. Adam Kampff. Neuroscientist at the Sainsbury-Wellcome Centre and founder of Voight-Kampff
  2. Amaranth Borsuk. Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell and Author of The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series ‘The Book’
  3. Andrew McLuhan. Director, The McLuhan Institute
  4. Belinda Barnet. Swinburne University, Author of ‘Memory Machines: The Evolution of Hypertext’
  5. Bernard Vatant. Former Consultant at Mondeca and Linked Data Evangelist
  6. Bob Frankston. Developer of VisiCalc
  7. Bob Stein. The Institute for the Future of The Book and founder of Voyager
  8. Bruce Horn. Software Developer and Author of the original Macintosh Finder
  9. Cathy Marshall. Texas A&M University and Hypertext Developer
  10. Christopher Gutteridge. University of Southampton and Developer of academic repositories
  11. Claus Atzenbeck. Institute of Information Systems at Hof University and General Co-Chair of the 2019 ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media
  12. Dan Whaley. Founder and Innovator in Web Annotations
  13. Dave De Roure. Professor of e-Research, Oxford e-Research Centre
  14. Dave King. Founder, Exaptive Inc.
  15. David Price. DebateGraph, Founder
  16. Denise Schmandt-Besserat. Professor emerita of Art and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and Author of ‘How Writing Came About’
  17. Douglas Crockford. JSON
  18. Elaine Treharne. Stanford University Text Technologies
  19. George Landow. Professor and Author of books on Hypertext
  20. Gyuri Lajos TrailMarks Founder
  21. Harold Thimbleby. See Change Digital Health Fellow at Swansea University and Author of ‘Press On’.
  22. Howard Oakley. Mac Developer and Technical Writer
  23. Jack Park. TopicQuests Foundation, Co-founder
  24. James Gleick. Author of  the NYT best-seller ‘The Information’
  25. James O’Sullivan. Lecturer in Digital Arts & Humanities, University College Cork and Author of ‘Towards a Digital Poetics: Electronic Literature & Literary Games’
  26. Jane Yellowlees Douglas. Author of pioneering hypertext fiction
  27. Jason Morningstar. Analog Game Designer
  28. John-Paul Davidson. Producer, Director & Author of ‘Planet Word’
  29. Jesse Grosjean. HogBaySoftware, Developer of ‘WriteRoom’
  30. Keith Houston. Author of ‘The Book’ and ‘Shady Characters’
  31. Keith Martin. London College of Communication Senior Lecturer and Author of design books
  32. Livia Polanyi. Linguist
  33. Leslie Carr. University of Southampton, Professor of Web Science
  34. Marc-Antoine Parent. Developer of IdeaLoom
  35. Mark Anderson. University of Southampton, PhD Student
  36. Mark Bernstein. Eastgate Systems, Developer of hypertext software ‘Tinderbox’ and ‘Storyspace’
  37. Naomi S. Baron. American University, Author of ‘Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World’
  38. Panda Mery. Productive irritant
  39. Paul Presley. Editor of Geographical Magazine
  40. Paul Smart. Author and Philosopher
  41. Sarah Walton. Author and Digital Consultant
  42. Shuo Yang. Interaction Designer at Google
  43. Stephen Lekson. Curator of Archaeology, Jubilado, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
  44. Ted Nelson. Visionary, Interactive Media Pioneer and coiner of theterm ‘hypertext’
  45. Tim Donaldson. Falmouth University, Typographer and Teacher
  46. Tom Standage. The Economist Deputy Editor and Author of ‘Writing on the Wall’
  47. Dame Wendy Hall. University of Southampton

Today we buried my father and yesterday we celebrated Norway’s independence day. He is so missed.

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Future Author User Guide & Feature Additions (citation view and WordPress integration)

Cut from the current user guide:

Concept View WordPress Integration (future feature)

Author will integrate with WordPress to allow you to define your own Glossary Terms and how they relate to other terms. The Glossary Terms are stored on your WordPress blog under the Category of [Glossary Term] and can be created completely manually simply by typing the definition of your term into the body of the post or by defining them via Liquid | Flow where you can add structure to the term which make them much more powerful when accessing them later.

Assign Concept
To assign text with a concept, do cmd-shift-k and choose from a concept listed in the right column. If you have not connected to a WordPress blog then this will only have a button to ‘Connect to WordPress’ and if you have connected more than one blog you will have a pop-up option at the bottom of the screen to choose which one you want to use.

Any text which is assigned or matches a Glossary Term you have in WordPress gets enclosed in [hard brackets] to indicate that they contain more information. You can double click on these for more information, including being able to go into the Find† View.

Define Concept
To define a concept select text and cmd-g or ctrl-click and choose ‘Define Term’. This will produce a dialog where you can describe the term and also connect it with previously defined terms.

Concept Relationships
You can click and drag a concept to move it, if you drop it on top of another concept you will see a dialog where you will be asked to define the connection, same as if you had defined the connection in WordPress or while defining the term in Liquid | Flow. Please note that you will be asked to define the term in both directions since our human grammar can look different depending on which term you start with. For example: “Doug Engelbart ‘developed’ Augment” and “Augment ‘was developed by’ Doug Engelbart”. Technical note: The first connection is stored in the ‘Doug Engelbart’ WordPress post ’ and the second connection is stored in the ‘Augment’ WordPress post. Since Author had been given permissions to add and create WordPress posts for you, it can do this from within Author.

If you click on a concept which is connected to a concept not on the screen (as shown in the definition of that concept) you will see that concept appear in grey. You can click on it to permanently add it. You can also click on a concept and hit the delete key to remove it.



Citation View (swipe horizontally – future feature)

To access the Citation View swipe horizontally with two fingers on your trackpad to flip your document over. You can return to the word processing view by swiping back. All documents you have cited in your document will be shown in a References section, same as you will have when you export your document.

The default view is simply by the author’s last names but you can click on a tab at the top of the screen to choose to list by date in a Timeline view. You can also double click in the margin to type in any keyword and connect the keyword to any of the documents. You will now also have the option (at the top of your screen) to list by Keyword, which re-arranges the document again, based on your keywords. If you drag keywords up or down in this view, the documents will follow.

If you do cmd-f while in this view you can enter a search term and once you hit ‘enter’ lines will automatically extend from the keyword to any document which contain the text, with thicker lines indicating more occurrences. This only works with documents you have copied and pasted the full text of into the Citation dialog. When you use this mode, any documents missing full text will be slightly grey, to help you identify them and also to correct it if you wish.


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Notes on another step with the dynamic views

This is text from my thinking space, which will make little sense to most.

It resulted in the User Guide screenshot below, which has since been massively simplified. Well, the WordPress integration is step 2.

Thinking sheet:

Maybe start with a list of items and then turn that into a freeform space?

Doug Engelbart
Something else
Then this
And so on

What I want to cluster and connect are concepts. Information about these concepts can be stored locally in the document, on my computer outside of the document or on the web in blog posts.

Start with a brainstorm ‘sheet’. I can then copy this to another document. ?

They can be citations or concepts, both can be

What I want to see are special things. Headings are

fuck…. When I pinch out I should see citations, headings and glossary terms and be able to move them freely. Glossary terms and citations should be the same things, as well as links maybe(?). I should be able to hide some items and show others. Maybe also choose to see bullet lists with all text or bold text.

I should do pinch out and see it all in a column with headings and citations and glossary terms on the right, with lines to where they appear in the document. Lines can be toggled with space bar (plus prefs in a bar on the bottom).

A citation is created with cmd-t and glossary term with cmd-g (we will have to remove the find aGain cmd-g command). Dialog box is as I have defined before and they are stored online in word press blog. A question is what terms to use. I suggest a prefs bar at the bottom of the screen allows user to choose, from the available WordPress blogs Author can post to(!)

What will show are any glossary terms in the WordPress blog which are in use. User can also add terms not in use in the document

If user double clicks to add text in this view then what do they add? Concepts or notes or what? I think plain text which will not be shown in the document but they should also be able to insert glossary terms, same as they can drag and drop documents from the desktop to cite. Anything not in the regular document view will be slightly grey.

Initial views in this view are then three columns: Headings on the left, Glossary Terms and Cited documents. But how to decide what to show and hide?

Maybe in glossary view bold = defined and normal equals just typed here. If the text matches, then auto-bold. User can also select text and cmd-shift-k to assign a Glossary term (dialog only shows glossary terms, not headings).

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