Re: PLink availability/feature requests

From: Eugene Eric Kim (
Date: Thu Apr 12 2001 - 23:58:09 PDT

On Thu, 12 Apr 2001, Henry van Eyken wrote:

> 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:
> < >

That's because of the bootstrapping approach BI originally took with
displaying IDs. They chose to display the hierarchical IDs in the purple
numbers for converted papers, rather than the statement IDs, which are
permanent. This approach seemed best for those papers, because they were
static documents, and because hierarchical addresses were more human
friendly than statement IDs. However, as you've observed, it doesn't work
well at all for evolving documents, because the hierarchical IDs will

Purple shows both the hierarchical IDs and the statement IDs in order to
avoid this problem. In fact, for constantly evolving documents, it
probably makes more sense to show only the statement IDs, and not the
hierarchical ones.


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