Re: PLink availability/feature requests

From: Henry van Eyken (
Date: Thu Apr 12 2001 - 17:26:52 PDT


You pointed out a serious problem with the way things stand right now. Revising
our HTML pages may mean attaching a different statement number to a given
paragraph while keeping the URL the same. Ref. the home page, statement no. 2G:
< >

The site's desired functioning and consequential architecture are still severely
handicapped by the prevailence of a public networking methodology that does not
yet permit the full implementation of Engelbart's individual and collaborative
authoring of documents. The "funny purple numbers"*, quite aside from their
immediate utility in identifying any document's elements, also serve notice that
this format is but a step toward a progressive use of a superior mode of
authoring and publishing. In the spirit of Engelbart's lifelong mode of working
ever so fruitfully, keywords here remain experiential and evolutionary.

In short, I am waiting for progress in DKR/OHS work to help overcome the
problem. In the meantime, I am trying to avoid such happenings. (Like, among
other things, doing reverse chronological numbering in certain lists.)


Jack Park wrote:

> Open questions:
> If you renumber something, what happens to all the links that relied on the
> sequence? Is renumbering only allowed during original creation of a
> document, and, in turn, not allowed later (i.e. documents may only be
> annotated, not revised)? <thesis>after you publish a document, scanners will
> build links that will be near impossible to maintain unless an enormous
> database of link dependencies is maintained</thesis>
> Jack
> From: Henry van Eyken <>
> > Murray.
> >
> > Re feature requests, the bootstrap pages need purple numbers for graphics
> and
> > for tables as well. Furthermore, we need to renumber from time to time
> when
> > paragraphs, etc. are deleted or added, i.o.w. we need to remove existing
> > numbers and replace new numbers. In some cases (see e.g. on page
> > )
> > I use reverse chronological numbering to avoid renumbering when doing
> updates,
> > but Doug Engelbart is not keen about that. He merely tolerates me doing
> so. So
> > here again, the renumbering feature would be helpful.
> >
> > It would be best if I could begin numbering at any heading of my choice.
> If
> > looking at bootstrap pages, it would be best to look at the ones without
> > margins. There is some aditional fudging going on in the margins as you
> may
> > observe by comparing the pages with margins with those without margins.
> >
> > I very much appreciate your efforts,
> >
> > Henry van Eyken,
> > webmaster, Bootstrap Institute
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