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21 JULY 2012

LaTeX: programmable desktop publishing

"LaTeX is a document preparation system for high–quality typesetting. It is most often used for medium–to–large technical or scientific documents but it can be used for almost any form of publishing.

LaTeX is not a word processor! Instead, LaTeX encourages authors not to worry too much about the appearance of their documents but to concentrate on getting the right content. ...

LaTeX is based on the idea that it is better to leave document design to document designers, and to let authors get on with writing documents. ...

LaTeX is based on Donald E. Knuth's TeX typesetting language or certain extensions. LaTeX was first developed in 1985 by Leslie Lamport, and is now being maintained and developed by the LaTeX3 Project."

(LaTeX3 Project)



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Simon Perkins

The Guide: a simple editor for re-ordering document sections

"The Guide evolved from the need to have an application that could organize information and ideas in a hierarchical, tree–like structure. Tree–based structures are frequently employed to manage information through a 'divide–and–conquer' approach, wherein each level of the tree represents a further level of specialization of the parent–level topic – the best example of this being a book.

The Guide is an application that allows you create documents ('guides') which inherently have a tree (which you can modify as you please) and text associated with each node of the tree. The text itself is of the rich–text variety, and the editor allows you to modify the style and formatting of the text (fonts, bold, italics etc).

For the initiated, the Guide is a two–pane extrinsic outliner. This concept is similar to mindmapping in some ways."

(Mahadevan R.)

[While this tool is designed for authoring help guides –it is also very useful for re–structuring large text documents. Once complete the newly re–structured document can be exported as an RDF document (which are MS–Word readable).
Note that there seems to be something wrong with the MSI version of the installer –the EXE version is OK however.]



document editor • documents • guides • hierarchyinformation designinformation hierarchy • information organisation • mind mapmind-mappingnodeorderingorganisationoutline • outliner • RDF • re-order • structure • The Guide • tooltreetree structure • tree-like • tree-like structure • two-pane


Simon Perkins
18 FEBRUARY 2011

Semantic Web: integration through abstraction and standardisation

"The Semantic Web is about two things. It is about common formats for integration and combination of data drawn from diverse sources, where on the original Web mainly concentrated on the interchange of documents. It is also about language for recording how the data relates to real world objects. That allows a person, or a machine, to start off in one database, and then move through an unending set of databases which are connected not by wires but by being about the same thing."



abstractionAPIbusiness rulescomputer sciencecontextconvergencedatadata accessdata contextdata integrationdata interchange • description resources • documentsenabling technologiesformatHTMLHTML5informationinformation retrievalintegrationinteroperabilitymachinesmetadataontologyorderingprotocol • R2RML • RDFreal world objects • Resource Description Framework • rule systemschemasemantic websolutionspecificationstandardisationstructurestructured datatechnologyunificationusabilityW3Cweb • XHTML5 • XML


Simon Perkins
28 JULY 2010

Posterous: CMS for simple web publishing via email

"Posterous is the easy way to get content online using e–mail. You can e–mail content of just about any type (such as rich text, photos, music, video, Word/Powerpoint/Excel/PDF documents, and zip archives) to us. We will post it online in the most web–friendly format, then reply with a public URL that can be forwarded or shared with friends. Account creation is never required, but if a user does create an account, posts from your various e–mail addresses (work, home, and mobile phone) can all be integrated into one blog."

(Posterous, Inc.)

Fig.1 Susie Blackmon's Posterous weblog [available at:].



2008 • blog by email • bookmarkletCMScollectcontentdocumentsemailentrepreneurshipICTMicrosoft ExcelMS WordonlinePDFphotosPosterouspowerpointpublishingpublishing system • Redpoint Ventures • repositorysimplicitytechnology • Trinity Ventures • usabilityweb application • web-friendly • weblog • Y Combinator • zip


Simon Perkins

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