[Wikipedia-l] Re: maybe time for a document project, sometime in the near future?

Steve Vertigo utilitymuffinresearch at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 17 06:38:01 UTC 2003

Annotations are a brilliant idea. Would simple links
in a page break the concept of a document?  Text in
view mode doesnt copy the links at all, so it should
be fine. 

But more basic than that, however would be that people
who are in the process of digitizing a useable book or
other document can do so in the rough, allowing some
minor and methodical prepwork to be done in the wiki
world.  People with similar copies can collaborate,
like Bittorrent transfers. (not to make any
comparisons ;)

Heck -- it could replace the way Gutenberg does its
work (well... theyve got a 25 year head start, but...
) and replace Gutenberg altogether -- which would mean
that they would be free from the confines of their
current existence and take that cruise theyve been
talking about. 


--- Brion Vibber <brion at pobox.com> wrote:
> Karl Eichwalder wrote:
> > Steve Vertigo <utilitymuffinresearch at yahoo.com>
> writes:
> >>Its not under the Wikimedia trademark thats what.
> > 
> > 
> > I thought "wiki" is about dynamic texts, but
> printed PD books are static
> > (okay, you can tweak the layout ad infinitum, but
> that's something
> > different).
> The thing that would make a Project Sourceberg
> worthwhile is wiki-style 
> annotation of the texts.
> Annotations could include cross-links to Wikipedia
> and Wiktionary as 
> well as within the document, and we could have a
> relatively sane system 
> for linking from Wikipedia and Wiktionary to
> *particular spots* in the 
> texts, for instance to provide context for a quote.
> Now, that would require some special coding if we
> want to make it a 
> clean system (ie, one where visitors can edit
> annotations but not 
> original text); or one could just dump Gutenberg's
> ASCII texts straight 
> into giant wiki pages and do it all by hand.
> -- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com)
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