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Post, 02 Nov, 11:53

Limited Links

Link issues include the following taken from the website for the 50th anniversary of Doug Engelbart’s demo:

• High Resolution Linking, so that a link can point to a specific sentence, paragraph or any other object within a document, not just to the document as a whole.

• Implicit Links through which the user can choose to view any corpus entry the text is implicitly linked to, such as a dictionary entry or a glossary entry.

• Multiple Links from one place to allow the user to choose what aspect to follow.

• Link Types to specify what the link points to, such as supplemental information and so on.

• Backlinks & Link Database so that the a document is aware of incoming links as well as outgoing links.

• Links in Images. It is of course possible to create image maps but the current tools do not support this for non-graphics people. Doug had the example of showing a basic map where each location name could be clicked on to jump to its corresponding document. This is not quick to do today. 

• A Journal which is a repository to which documents can be posted but cannot be deleted, only increased in version number if a new version is submitted. A basic and robust versioning system.

 We’d think a link

Hall, 2017

— How Liquid | Author Addresses This Issue —


Liquid provides Doug Style Implicit Links.

Lack of Extended Document Clarity & Functionality

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blog update 17 Sept 2017


Author & Liquid

I launched Liquid | Author to the App Store the Friday before The Future of Text and we have had some time to test it and Jacob has worked on improvements but today is the Sunday after and I’ve had to withdraw it from sale since there are still some issues.

What remains to be done are a number of smaller issues, which I’m sure he can complete on Monday, but there is also the issue with the pinch to collapse into Outline which is concerning me since this is something he has worked on even with a special build. Maybe it’s really simply to fix, maybe it’s more fundamental.

I have also introduced a change which I hope will be quite a big boost for the project, removing Liquid | Flow as a separate product and integrating it into Liquid | Author so that I only have one macOS product and yes, Flow will still be useable from all applications but will now be called just Liquid again :-)

I have therefore re-written the User Guide:

This causes more work and time and stress. Will it ever be releasable? It is simply not easy to develop with a small budget. I hope Author will be solid enough so that the stress on my chest will lessen (I feel like I’m about to star in the original Aliens movie) and I can think more about development and so on…


Future of Text

The feedback has been very good and it really is great to have quite a few people from Southampton involved. Second day feedback not as excellent and maybe in the future we simply make it a networking/discussion day? Archived:



I feel utterly at the mercy of development for Author as to how I can do with my PhD. I am not a literature review or review person nor am I am philosopher, I am an inventor/developer who needs to live in the environment I am trying to invent for. If I don’t have Author to build Liquid Views into, I simply can’t see what I can do.

I mapped out some interactions for mac vs iPad which was useful. What became clear from this is that interactions for executing commands immediately and an equivalent for mouse over to show further information needs to be developed for iOS for Liquid Views:

This is related to mapping functions to interactions for Liquid View in general:

Which situated within the space of textual elements, as shown in a  small view:

And a massive view:

All of which is designed to augment the document’s knowledge lifecycle, in a very wide map, which is best viewed in the Scapple authoring app where you can zoom and pan and which presents design issues for Liquid Views because of its size and interaction complications:

Anyway, tomorrow we go to Oxford and I’ll get to spend some time with Wendy and Edgar will hopefully get to meet Tim.


Note: I was planning to design a freeform thinking tool for iOS but it becomes clear again and again that any tool must be part of a real workflow, which is why Liquid Views are a view of normal Author documents.

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Increased Understanding of the Problem Space

At the very core of what I am working on is finding out how to visually display ‘meaningful’ information in language-graphic form on interactive displays and providing ‘useful’ interactions of this information, in order to help increase ‘understanding’ of what the displayed information is and how it relates to other information in the students mind and other information available in the world.

In much the same way as evolution of living beings results in new species as populations split, so does the meanings of words in our language. Words gets meaning from other words and this is the environment in which I must research to understand and to invent. My own thinking space has the very same issues as those I am working to augment the student’s ability to work in – I need to disentangle meanings which have developed based on specific circumstances, such as the basic word ‘link’ which in computer science and in Hypertext circles in particular has become quite codified away from earlier meanings. I have started on this journey to re-map conceptual models in the Glossary I am building in my WordPress blog: and I need to continue my literature review and dialog with my peers in order to better understand the basic components behind visual communication and how to best employ the visual presentation and the interactive experience to augment the students thinking, as outlined above.

As I build a better understanding of the elements of meaning in text I can then design the liquid view system to be more powerful than simply working from current paradigms and prejudices.

This will then better inform issues such as how to most powerfully visually integrate the Liquid Glossaries into the Liquid Views for example.


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