Leading and Bleeding Edge?

Subject: Leading and Bleeding Edge?
From: <mbaker -at- analecta -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:12:47 -0500

If you are interested in something that is trying to become the new bleeding
edge, you can check out my SPFE project (http://SPFE.info and
https://github.com/mbakeranalecta/spfe-open-toolkit) and SAM (Semantic
Authoring Markdown) (https://github.com/mbakeranalecta/sam). Both are
functional, but definitely works in progress and lacking in full
documentation.



Both are an attempt to make it easier to do structured writing in the
Subject Domain, as I define it in the series I am writing on TechWhirl
(http://techwhirl.com/content-structure/).



This is bleeding edge in a different sense from many of the tools that might
be considered as bleeding edge today, in that it is not, like most of them,
an attempt to improve on the existing models of content creation, which I
would characterize as the media domain and document domain models. It is an
attempt to make mainstream the subject domain model. The subject domain
model is not exactly new, but it has traditionally been practiced in niches.




The other way in which SPFE and SAM attempt to be bleeding edge is in being
designed for hypertext. This is not the same thing as being designed for the
Web, as many Web tools are designed to create hierarchically structured
sites that are more like help systems than hypertexts. Wikis are designed
for hypertext, but they are not structured.



So SPFE/SAM are an attempt to create a new category: structured, open,
subject-domain tools for developing hypertexts.



Mark Baker

Author: Every Page is Page One: Topic-based Writing for Technical
Communication and the Web

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