Re: PLink availability/feature requests

From: Henry van Eyken (
Date: Tue Apr 24 2001 - 03:36:03 PDT


Future style guides for authors might include a chapter on journalling, i.e.
suggestions for good manners and recommendations for the true and tried. But no


Henry van Eyken wrote:

> Maybe somebody said this before, but just to be sure ...
> One can do the journalling of the history of a part of a document outside it,
> in a separate journal. But one can also do it inside the document.
> If I were to replace a page on the Bootstrap website, I could put an
> appropriate journalling mechanism to work within that page. Or choose not to do
> so! That journalling mechanism might be a linking to a shadow page that is a
> record of all (significant) changes made throughot the history of the document.
> This maybe more economical than keeping copes of all versions of a document on
> hand.
> As Eugene easrlier eluded to, there are documents and there are documents. The
> way one would deal with the continual updating of an ezine front page may well
> be different from dealing with versioning of a treatise. the first is not
> likely to be the kind of material that should enter a dkr, the second is.
> Hence, the the method used for journalling within a document may well different
> for a front page than for an article or for an advertisement or for dicussion
> group pages.
> An added advntage of allowing a document's author to handle the journalling is
> that it allows him to make personal decisions about his work, decisions that
> allow for both halves of his brain to function. A journalling system imposed by
> a single available technical design is perhaps too autocratic.
> Henry

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