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Humanist Archives: April 8, 2020, 2:32 p.m. Humanist 33.740 - checking citations & related matters

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 740.
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    [1]    From: Francois Lachance 
           Subject: Heads and Links (74)

    [2]    From: David Hoover 
           Subject: Checking Apocalyptic Sources (37)

        Date: 2020-04-08 00:05:54+00:00
        From: Francois Lachance 
        Subject: Heads and Links


As I mentioned off list, I am back to hand coding HTML and using the W3C
validator. Debugging code is great way to learn along with hand coding -- makes
one pay attention to detail which I find very soothing.

I have a question about quoting code in postings to Humanist since you mentioned
that the software supporting the discussion list and its archives chokes on
angled brackets. So this is a bit of a test in posting pseudo code.

The Validator seemed to have forgiven my missing opening [head] tag. It sent
back no errors for the document housed at

[!DOCTYPE html]
[html lang="en]

[!-- Comment --]
[!-- Recycled some head info from my first homepage --]
[!-- http://homes.chass.utoronto.ca/~lachance/ --]

[meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"]

[meta name="description" content="Scholar-at-large, Francois Lachance
offers various recipes for distributed living and learning"]

[meta name="keywords" content="technology perception reproduction
theory hypertext multimedia electronic pedagogy rhetoric"]

[link rel="maker"

[TITLE]THE COOKBOOK: Recipes for Distributed Living[/TITLE]


The real purport of my posting is not just the implied invitation to view and
comment as the project evolves, grows and mutates. It is also to ask about the

[link rel="maker"

Ian Graham in HTML 4.0 Source Book writes:

LINK describes a _relationship_ between a document and other documents or
objects. For example, LINK can indicate a related index, a glossary, or perhaps
different versions of the same document. Alternatively, LINK can point out
likely _next_ or _previous_ documents. This information could be used by a
browser, among other things, to predict and preload documents it is likely to
needier to configure customized navigational buttons or menus. A document may
have any number of LINK elements to represent these various relationships to
other documents.

At long last my question: can any tell me/us what is LINK implementation like
across browsers? Is this still the technical solution for this type of linking?

Thanks for the attention to this technical but i hope engrossing fascination
with linking.

Francois Lachance

to think is often to sort, to store and to shuffle: humble, embodied tasks

        Date: 2020-04-07 15:56:42+00:00
        From: David Hoover 
        Subject: Checking Apocalyptic Sources

The string of interesting posts on the importance of checking citations
leads me to this minor provocation. I often teach a  post-apocalypse course
(though fortunately not this semester), and often include *Earth
Abides (*highly recommended), which describes a global pandemic 
"like a kind of super measels" that wipes out all but a few hundred people 
in the US.

I always also assign a published article that begins with the following

"Published in 1949, George R. Stewart's *Earth Abides* tells the story of
Ish, one of the few survivors of a nuclear holocaust that has destroyed
America and possibly the rest of the world . . . ."

How is it possible, I ask my students, for someone to publish an article
about a post-apocalypse novel and get the apocalypse completely wrong? This
sentence and most of the article's claims have the students asking, "Did
this author read the book?"

I fear the rejection of "fussy" ideas about the importance of accurate
citations sometimes applies to "fussy" ideas about tying an argument to
textual evidence.

I return to my curmudgeonly corner, musing over my email tag quotation.

 David L. Hoover, Professor of English  NYU Eng. Dept. 212-998-8832

   "There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed
    of the vast majority by adequate governmental action."
          -- Bertrand Russell, "An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish"

[Reference checked against Bertrand Russell, "An Outline of Intellectual
Rubbish", in Unpopular Essays (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1950), p. 93.
Nihil obstat! -- WM]

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