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Category: Interactive Text Space Diagram


The LiquidView is a free-form visual thinking and exploration space in a web browser, where any item (hard/node) can be live data from somewhere on the web or the user’s computer.

Data sources can include:

  • Manually entered text
  • Pasted Web Addresses to multimedia which appears as thumbnails
  • Web Addresses with High Resolution Links with connections straight back to specific sections of documents
  • Wikis
  • Blogs
  • Knowledge Graphs

The user can change the layout arbitrarily to their liking, chunking information and both manually and automatically connecting items to see and show connections.

Unique features include the ability to save the entire layout and code into a ‘Quine’ which can be shared and opened to show the same interactive workspace.


Multiple clusters of different kinds of data can share the same canvas and be visually connected or separate:


Search terms can be entered and appears as their own nodes, with connections to where the terms appear inside other nodes, with thicker lines indicating more occurrences:


The canvases can be small and fleeting or large and permanent:

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WordPress -> Graph

I think there is a powerful opportunity for augmenting WordPress to publish more connected posts which can be more usefully viewed in a graph space, such as Liquid View.

To this end I think it could be very useful to be able to tag your post’s relationship with your other posts, or others in your community or beyond.

We have built this functionality into Liquid | Flow (Share/Glossary) to relate your post to your other glossary entries but we should make it trivially easy to do this for any other post, whether your own or just a URL.

What I am talking about is typed links.

Typed links are boring if they remain abstract but I think they can be powerfully engaging when they can be visualised and computed upon. What do you think?

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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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