Link Evolution

From: Rod Welch (
Date: Tue Jun 12 2001 - 11:54:57 PDT

I agree there is too much speculation about features of technology that improve
handling daily working information (Doug's early definition of KM in 1972). On
001126 there was a proposal to use greater diligence implementing IT in order to
learn about KM. Others cautioned that IT doesn't work well enough to perform
KM, no matter how diligent people work, so an actual KM capability is needed.
Once folks begin following this advice, called out previously on 001121, the
solution that was reported missing on 000615 will become clear.


Murray Altheim wrote:
> Eugene Eric Kim wrote:
> >
> > On Fri, 13 Apr 2001, Murray Altheim wrote:
> >
> > > I'm thinking that we could add the types of metadata to the links
> > > themselves so that wisened tools could manage the links, or work
> > > with topic map engines to do this. Certainly got my head spinning
> > > with ideas, anyway. If we can come up with some specifics, I'll try
> > > to push these into XHTML 2.0 as much as makes sense.
> >
> > Sounds good. I personally need more time to play with typed links in a
> > real system before I can make a coherent proposal. A while back, I asked
> > Doug how his team used typed links in Augment. He said that,
> > unfortunately, his team did not spend much time experimenting with typed
> > links, but that they are one of the more interesting candidates for
> > evolution.
> There seems to be a lot more conjecture and speculation about complex
> linking systems than there are hard facts about their structure and
> functionality. Systems with complex linking have had difficulty getting
> traction, whereas HTML with its extremely simple methodology (which Ted
> Nelson derides endlessly) has proven to be enormously popular in
> satisfying the 80/20 point in link design. Obviously some balance can
> be found between the two that satisfies our new 80/20 point.
> If I'm correct that XHTML 2.0 ends up using XLink, there'll be hooks
> inherently there to add the sorts of metadata, or links to metadata
> that we could use either within the document or external to it. Even
> an attribute containing a link into a link maintenance database for
> the document would be fairly simple:
> <a id="x37" href="somewhere.html"
> linkdb="../linkproc?mydoc.html#x37">text</a>
> [or something a lot more intelligent...]
> Murray
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