Tips for blogging about Doug Engelbart and his work

At we incorporated some of Doug’s technical ideas about granular addressability and flexible view control into each web page to support what I call “precision browsing and linking”. See for example, the page About Our Website, where the “purple numbers” on headings and paragraphs provide a link directly to any snippet of information on our site, by simply right-clicking on the nearest “purple number” in the right margin and selecting Copy Link Location from the popup menu. This is along the lines of the “serial numbers” Doug described in this week’s reading. Most of our web pages also include a table of contents in the left margin to facilitate navigation.

So to blog about the two Engelbart readings for this class, you can cite these versions of the articles on our website which are enhanced with the same precision browsing and linking features:

By way of example, while perusing Conclusions section of the 1962 report, I copied out the following quote pasted below, then went back and right-clicked on it’s purple number to Copy Link and pasted that below with the quote, and then added the italics, quotation marks and attribution:

“First any possibility for improving the effective utilization of
the intellectual power of society’s problem solvers
warrants the most serious consideration.
This is because man’s problem-solving capability represents
possibly the most important resource possessed by a society.”

– Doug Engelbart 1962

Just think how wonderful it would be if, everywhere on the internet (blogs, wiki, email, word processor), you could reference any snippet you see by simply right-clicking on the desired item and choosing “Copy Link Location” from the menu as I did, or “Quote this text”, and it would copy the snippet, in quotes, with author and date, with the link pointing directly to that item in the source document? This is just one of the many unfulfilled potentials of new, maleable, permeable, unbounded media he was envisioning. See About an Open Hyperdocument System (OHS) for more.



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