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A manifesto contextualizer

Project Description

The devil is in the details.

A manifesto is of necessity a collection of mostly context free glittering generalities designed to convince through demagoguery rather than authority, fact, truth or reference.

This is _good_. We are all motivated by belief, emotion and the things that inspire, whether we choose to admit it not.

However, it would be nice if when manifesting a manifesto, one could lend some context and credibility to the ravings of the inspired mind.

Thus manifestopheles.

The idea is that everything an individual writes is embedded in their own sense of what the words they use connote. manifestopheles provides a wiki-like way of attached a manifesto to the details: a personal dictionary of words and phrases auto- linked from the manifesto. Many manifestos, one dictionary.


This idea is based on my previous thing, called warp, which would auto link words and phrases in documents attached to and within a dictionary, creating a web of unintentional but perhaps meanginful connections.

manifestopheles reimplements warp on a TiddlyWeb architecture, taking advantage of bags and the recipe cascade to attach different manifestos to a single dictionary, or even different dictionaries (what does manfiesto on dictionary A _mean_ compared to the same manifesto on dictionary B?).


The basic idea is that a manifesto is a tiddler A in bag B which is part of recipe C. Recipe C also includes bag D which is the dictionary. When tiddler A is displayed any phrases or words (phrases checked first) which are tiddler titles from bag D are displayed as links to the tiddler. When that tiddler is displayed, it to is parsed for phrases and words, creating links.

All this is embedded in a navigation and editing/annotating UI. For anybody there’s:

  • What amounts to a recent changes.
  • A way (to be determined) to comment/annotate.

For the author/admin:

  • Any tiddler can be edited and saved back to its original home.
  • When text in any tiddler is selected, a button can be pushed which creates a new tiddler with a title of the selected text (normalized) and displays an editing interface.

In a deluxe version there would be a way to layer on functionality by adding in additional bags. For example, other people’s dictionaries, turning annotations on and off, that sort of thing.

Chris Dent, 2010

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