Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 804. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2020-04-28 01:33:31+00:00 From: Francois Lachance
Subject: Hashtags | Strawberries | Locators and Pointers Willard Why I persist in calling Hashtags Strawberries... My first posting to Humanist (pre XML days) https://dhhumanist.org/Archives/Virginia/v10/0332.html [quote] We concluded that every spot in a document is locatable but may not be marked. This was arrived at by abstracting the case of time code on a video tape and cursor position in a text file to the general case of coordinates. [quote} And the responses https://dhhumanist.org/Archives/Virginia/v10/0335.html In response, Lou Burnard wrote "if you want "all-points-addressability", the only reliable method is to mark-up explicitly the addressable components of your document." But what if you wanted to link to a specific spot and there is no [a] element with [name] attribute to connect to or there is no XML ID (and no person to ask to mark one up)? How to pass query parameters? I note that the "?" separator in URLs has been in what I have observed implement ed mostly for tracking purposes. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Query_string Browsers now interact with search capabilities of operating systems. I don't believe that was the case in 1997. You can load a page and conduct a search of a key word or phrases to find instances in the document that has been served. But will they ever serve us by collecting search terms to use in URL? Do we want this? Corollary: Will we ever have the capabilities of zeroing in on a spot in an image or a verbal text or a sample of audioâ¦ I would love this precision as useful as quoting page number and line numbers of a specific edition. In an off-list discussion I have been enlightened about the difference between URI and URL which is germane to pondering the fundamental rights at issue in any act of linking be it hyperlink or common pointing. The right to link (is a right to point towards -- a URI). The right to "to retrieve" --- a URL (URI + locator) Why express this in terms of rights? Because they pertain to the right to receive published information and to interact with such information. It becomes perhaps evident in considering pre-digital spread examples. We have this in the outside the WWW. << any bit of metadata points (a call number or an ISBN for example). The protocol for retrieval might involve a trip to the library or placing an order with a bookstore. The right to point depends upon literacy. The right to retrieval depends upon infrastructure. (Truth be told literacy depends upon an interactive infrastructure.) My thanks to Norman Gray for helping me sort some of this thinking out and to Bethany Nowviskie for her talks on the need for a new deal for the creation and maintenance of international and national digital platforms. See http://nowviskie.org/2015/on-capacity-and-care/ Happy pointing and retrieving. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ François Lachance Scholar-at-large Wannabe Professor of Theoretical and Applied Rhetoric http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~lachance https://berneval.hcommons.org to think is often to sort, to store and to shuffle: humble, embodied tasks _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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