[unrev-II] thoughts on editability

From: Jeff Miller (jeffm@dynamite.com.au)
Date: Sun Jan 30 2000 - 21:10:22 PST

From: Jeff Miller <jeffm@dynamite.com.au>

While versioning and access control form a challenge to us there are
several other things we should be aware of

1. notes vs changes

while making changes to documents are starting to be addressed and the
effects of versioning if not fully understood are being thought of, but
what happens to the notes? what effects do changing the changing the
underlying docoment have on these? Do we wish to keep the notes linked to
the old version or the new version? and, if the new version, what happens
when we address a specific paragraph and another paragraph is inserted
before it? a simplistic document x section n paragraph m, where n and m
are numbers, can do not be used for this. This is complicated by

2. local vs global availability

With an intermediate server it would be possible to edit documents that
you don't have authorship rights to. Most of these changes would do not be
changes to the document per se but insertion of additional content such as
new paragraphs and diagrams to clarify what the original author means or
to custimise the document to your own needs, such as, adding material to
a basic lecture to form an advanced lecture. It also would be possible to
annotate documents from a remote server so as to make them available when
viewed local but which aren't applicable to the global community.

 There would also exists the ability to filter out paragraphs that act to
de-emphisise a subject - this leads to the many question of how to chose
those sentences or paragraphs and censorship raising it ugly head.

3. maintaining link validness

As mentioned above, how do we deside to carry links through to the new
version or the old version? in some cases this is easy: note pertaining to
what changes need to be made to the document would not be applicable to
any updates or if a sentence is deleted than that note would not make
sense. However, in many cases such a choice is not simple.

This is more or less a restatement of 1, yet this does not only apply to
notes. Full documents that may referrence other documents also face this
problem only on a larger scale.

Cases such as, in 1992 in blah x said "aaa" are simple enough as it is
clear to what we wish to referr and so are the lastest version of which
may be found "here". How about "for information on your version view this
document"? Not a very clear example I'll grant you.

think aloud,

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