Monday, April 24, 2006

Transliterature, A Humanist Design

Thoughts and ideas on a new concept of document managment...

"First, to My Fellow Humanists:
To laymen and outsiders, the world of computer media seems immutable.
You have been taught to use Microsoft Word and the World Wide Web as if they were some sort of reality dictated by the universe, immutable "technology" requiring submission and obedience.

But technology, here as elsewhere, masks an ocean of possibilities frozen into a few systems of convention.

Inside the software, it's all completely arbitrary. Such "technologies" as Email, Microsoft Windows and the World Wide Web were designed by people who thought those things were exactly what we needed. So-called "ICTs"-- "Information and Communication Technologies," like these-- did not drop from the skies or the brow of Zeus. Pay attention to the man behind the curtain! Today's electronic documents were explicitly designed according to technical traditions and tekkie mindset. People, not computers, are forcing hierarchy on us, and perhaps other properties you may not want.

Things could be very different.

Instead of looking at deeper possibilities for electronic literature, the designers of today's electronic documents have imposed hierarchy and simulated paper. This has drastically limited us. We cannot annotate, we cannot publish side-by-side commentaries, we cannot legally quote at length, we cannot easily see the original contexts of quotes.*

All this the Transliterature Project wishes to change."   continued ...   (Via translit)

New concepts on managing docs. - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

New concepts on managing docs


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