[unrev-II] Attribution

From: Garold L. Johnson (dynalt@dynalt.com)
Date: Sat Dec 23 2000 - 06:32:10 PST

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    In his document
    http://www.treelight.com/software/collaboration/requirements.html Eric
    Armstrong says about Attribution:

    A better alternative, if feasible, would be attributions attached to every
    phrase in the node. That requirement creates a third category of containment
    for the node, consisting of the text that makes it up. When originally
    created, there would only be one long phrase, and it's author. When others
    make changes, the text would be broken up into segments. That's the same
    architecture most editors use internally, anyway, but it would require
    storing a lot more information, putting it together to display the node, and
    taking it into account when copying and pasting.
    This is Ted Nelsonís passion. An investigation of the Xanadu documents will
    likely turn up more than we could imagine on how to do this. Nelson viewed
    the attributed quotation mechanism as the basis for a royalty scheme that
    would pay authors for the amount of their work that was viewed no matter
    what document it was quoted in.

    Thanks,

    Garold (Gary) L. Johnson

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