TRANSCLUDED DOCUMENTS: ADVANTAGES OF REUSING DOCUMENT FRAGMENTS
||TRANSCLUDED DOCUMENTS: ADVANTAGES OF REUSING DOCUMENT FRAGMENTS
||elpub2002 - Technology Interactions. Proceedings of the 6th International ICCC/IFIP Conference on Electronic Publishing held in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, 6–8 November 2002. Editors: Carvalho, Joao Álvaro; Hübler, Arved; Baptista, Ana Alice. Publisher: VWF Berlin, 2002. ISBN 3-89700-357-0. 395 pages.
||Quoting parts of a document is a very common task when writing
scientific papers. Usually an author cut-and-pastes a source quote to a
new document, which inherently causes problems. Transclusions – invented
in 1960 by Ted Nelson – are a possible solution: they are a kind of function
which returns the data to be included in a new document and also adds
some links to and from the original context of the quote.
This paper presents some ideas and problems when using transclusions in an
existing digital journal environment. The creation process of transclusions
with LATEX-macros is described and tools supporting this task are listed in
this paper. After uploading a special ‘markuped’ document to the server,
a serverprocess is responsible for assembling the content. This includes the
transfer of up-to-date content to the client, management of changes etc.
Additional navigation (i.e. hyperlinks) is also generated on the server side,
therefore users are not forced to use a dedicated browser for the journal
articles. Authors and readers of a document using transclusions profit from
this architecture and the original context of a quote is just a mouse-click
The paradigm of transclusions is useful for all participants involved in the
creation and reading of articles.
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