Drat. It is not only "Best experpienced" in IE, it appears to
be *only* experiencable in IE. Can't do much of anything in
Alex Shapiro wrote:
> Hi, my name is Alex Shapiro, and I am very interested in the evolution
> hypertext, and computer-based mediums of interaction in general.
> I've read the thread on Malleable Archives, and the one about
> and TopicMaps, and have a response that is vaguely relevant to both
> (Funny, as I type this, my spell-checker tells me that the correct
> for "Maleable" is "Malleable", supporting the notion that the author
> be able to go back and alter his/her messages).
> I am developing some software (opensource), which can bee seen at
> http://touchgraph.com whose eventual goal is to be used for browsing
> multiple hierarchies, and associative networks. Currently, it is just
> nice graph layout applet, and another for organizing links, but in a
> months the underlying structure will be completed, and rapid
> development of
> features should be possible.
> The technology of easily browsable and editable associative networks
> make possible the creation of visual newsgroups. I envision such a
> newsgroup as a network of nodes, where posting a message will consists
> adding a node to the network. The advantage of this type of format
> discussion, is that related messages can be placed next to each
> other. Whereas conventional newsgroups already achieve such adjacency
> threads, they have the disadvantage that old threads get forgotten
> or not read by new members. In a visual newsgroup, however, one
> should be
> able to bring old threads back into focus by adding a link from
> messages to the old ones. In fact, adding links rather then posting
> messages could be another way of contributing to the discussion.
> Along the
> same lines, one would no longer be constrained to responding to just a
> single message. One could chose to simultaneously respond to multiple
> messages thus bringing the messages responded to closes together.
> experimentation with this idea using TouchGraph technology can already
> seen at http://memes.net
> Speaking of taxonomies, I think that a type of taxonomy that has been
> largely ignored is that of hierarchies with multiple inheritance (or
> multiple hierarchies). It seems that a lot of information could
> from being organized into multiple hierarchies. For instance, look at
> leaf-most categories in the open directory project. Often we find
> lists of
> links containing over 200 items. Yet splitting these items into
> subcategories would be impossible without making subjective choices.
> best solution, would be to offer the user multiple options as to how
> want to divide the items. That way one could narrow one's search to a
> more manageable set of 10 items or so.
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