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6 Apr, 5 tweets, 2 min read
Effortless multilingual aliasing in Codex.

See how the English word "paper" is linked to the German word "Beitrag" & how the linked refs show all matches, in English or German.

Note also how hovering over "paper" on the right highlights all aliases in the main text.
Note also that there isn't a single bracket or piece of Markdown, yet the text is formatted & styled like an article.

This is because all markup is stored 𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 the text in Codex: because what's important is the 𝘵𝘦𝘹𝘵 𝘪𝘵𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧.

And it should stay pure.
That purity isn't just stylistic: it's functional. Although it's nice to read a text without codes that's not the reason Codex uses standoff markup.

The real reason is 𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳𝘴.📚

Multiplayer is all about 𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 codes on a text.

Standoff gives you that.
And multiplayer is not just between other people.

It's also between 𝘺𝘰𝘶: the past you, the present you, and the future you.

When you come back in 6 months to add codes to your text, you don't want to lose what you had coded before.

Codex standoff markup is 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘰𝘮.
And, finally, multiplayer is also the collaboration between person & machine.

Machine learning & natural language services are improving every day & they can add meaning to your text.

But only with standoff markup can you 𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳 those codes on top without losing your own.

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19 Sep 20
Crazy Codex Idea #127:

Graph-as-diagram (diagraph?)
What if part of the problem is that we conflate graph structure (a -[r]-> b) with the visualisation of the graph? Sometimes these are do match but other times we need distance from the structure in order to model diagrammatically. We could mix graph + SVG shapes + text.
We could think of graph-as-diagram as separation of concerns from the graph structure itself ...
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Seeing is greater than knowledge.

Seeing is the faculty of knowing, knowing in action, the ability to perceive relation, it precedes and guides action.

Artists have "an eye". Musicians have "an ear".

We see before we know. We see TO know.

But how can we see knowledge?
We can see without tools, but the right tools can help us see better.

What is the essence of sight? Spatial relation.

If you can't relate text in space it becomes much harder to see connections ... to make adjustments ... to share your insight.

Seeing is believing. Image
But seeing is so much powerful when we can see more than text ... when we can see text with pictures ... videos ... solid objects ...

Seeing becomes tangible. We can touch it. We can shape it.

We can record it, preserve it, restore it, share it. Image
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6 Sep 20
An exploration of some of the things you can do with standoff markup in Codex that you can't do in certain ... other systems.

- no [[brackets]] ((of)) {{any}} kind needed!

- no need to pick one name for your concept: just highlight the text to create/link to it

- no need to rename embeds later

- no need to define aliases

- find a concept not just by name but by *any term ever used to refer to it*
- markup can intersect other markup without limit

- can markup inside words, single letters, even between letters

- markup doesn't interfere with the text, so can easily copy-paste the text without markup if desired
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23 Aug 20
Wouldn't it be interesting to see a knowledge graph version of Da Vinci's notebooks where ideas, trains of thought, work sketches, etc., can be traced through his entire corpus?

E.g., show on a timeline all drawing and writing on the Sforza monument + related material.
This would be a great Codex Commons project...
"Show me all his thinking on hydraulics over time, with connections to material which influenced this research."

For example, connections between water turbulence and hair, between waves and sound and light, hydraulic engineering schemes, etc.
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18 Aug 20
Crazy Codex Idea #114:

A panel in two parts where you can see events both on a map and in a timeline. They are synched.

You can add event streams based on people, places, actions, etc.

You can filter streams by date ranges, geographical areas, entities, etc.
Of course, the content of this panel can be piped (UNIX-style) to any other panel.

In fact, this will be one of the primitives of the system.
You can also zoom in and out semantically. Imagine starting with all "sieges" visualised and then pulling back and seeing all "military actions" of any kind.
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