The Web is one of the most popular forms of hypertext,
but at the same time one of the worst.
What do I hate about WWW?
l0 LACK OF UNIFORMITY, lack
Incorrect and non-uniform base structure, badly designed from
0.1 Documents are treated seperately, isolated from each other.
0.2 Software: Programs also arise from various sources, created
as separate applications
independent of each other.
02.1 Effect: users are forced to operate a whole multitude of
increasingly complex programs /Trash = Tower of Babel (crash-prone)
= a cocktail of differing technologies, impossible to control
02.2 Every so-called update, intended to add new functions, unnecessarily
adds to the confusion.
0.2.3 Mailsoftware: The current practice of keeping web browsers
separate from text editors is incredibly mistaken. It is impossible
to edit anything in a web browser. It is possible to type in a
commentary in a text editor, but nothing more. Now is the time
to bury the browser concept.
Restricted subjects, no possibility of editing obtained information,
no possibility of deleting unnecessary clones (text fragments).
No contextual incentive to quote correspondent
1 ONE-WAY, UNSTABLE AND
1.1 Fixed, one-way connections
(you can link from A to B, without the possibility of linking
from B to A).
1.2 Links fail when pages are moved.
1.3 Linking is a system of external tags, excluding the possibilty
of creating internal inference
2 LACK OF CREATIVE POSSIBILITIES
2.1 The is no possiblity of adding your own comments and notes
to the material you are accessing.
2.2 As things stand, alternative versions of documents are inaccessible.
There is no possibility
of adding one's own commentery to an existing document - the page
must be copied,
annotated and then placed elsewhere in the web.
Effect: For somebody who reads the page after you have annotated
it, your comments
.3 NO POSSIBILITY FOR ORGANIZATION
You can jump between documents, but their structural order remains
the same, without any possibility of organizing the documents
to suit your own needs. Thus you have no influence
over a static presentation.
4 NO POSSIBILITY OF MULTIPRESENTATION
Multipresentation: a multitude of different possibilities of seeing
the same information.
Zooming (fractal telescope): a free movement between different
levels (Level 1 - text;
Level 2 - annotations, contextual definitions; Level 3 - implementation
of Level 2;
Level 4 - interactive level; Level 5 - data-base and algorithms;
Level 6 - program source
codes). Multiselectivity: optional number of cursors.
Web presentations are totally controlled by their authors and
by browsers. Access to a site is generally controlled on an ALL
OR NOTHING basis. Web designers and site owners are able to force
users to battle through an enormous amount of advertising and
superfluous information to reach the content which interests them.
7 LACK OF OWNERSHIP LAWS:
There is no copyright, and responsibilities are unclear.
LACK OF MICROPAYMENT: Micropayment - the sale of fragments of
texts and the right to use them in new documents.
(Example: You review a document, make changes which are publicly
available, and the author of the original receives money for every
word you quote).
Effect: Because there is no such mechanism, a large proportion
of material is unavailable in digital form. The best part of our
knowledge is not to be found on the web as there is no system
0 UNIFORMITY, SINGLE-SOURCING:
must be ONE UNIFORM
CROSS-PLATFORM BASE STRUCTURE, which is simultaneously STRONG
and ELASTIC, i.e. which has a rigid connection mechanism (inferential)
and is completely editable.
There must be only one continuous and logical source for data
or fragments of information, all copies being treated as a single
source. Copying (cloning) is used only in the process of presentation
and local copies do not need to be durable.
1 LINKING: Linking with
inferential mechanisms. Linking by content.
Two-directional stable linking, which is firmly established. The
user must have the ability to create new links between various
data to which he has access, and to use those links where appropriate
(/preorders / orders /cover relation/).
2 CREATIVITY: The user
must always have the possibility of adding new content.
3 RE-ORGANIZATION: The
user must have the possibility of re-organizing the information
to which he has access.
4 MULTIPRESENTATION and
MULTISELECTIVITY: The user must have the possibility of presenting
the same information in various ways (the means of viewing of
his choice, appropriate to the content).
5 RESISTANCE TO INTRUSIVENESS:
The user should not be subjected to information which he does
not choose to view (advertising, spam, etc.).
6 CLARITY: The user does
not have to know the content's source (i.e. his intervention is
not needed in the process of accessing content).
7 THE SIMPLIFYING OF OWNERSHIP
LAW (Micropayment): The system must be capable of defining the
owner of any given information. The information's owner must have
the ability to remain anonymous.
CONTROL: The content's creator must have the ability to decide
who can or cannot use his information, and under what circumstances.
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