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Re: Jumbotext - A New Feature to WWW

From: Paul Burchard <burchard@pobox.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000 15:52:27 -0400 (EDT)
To: "James P. Salsman" <bovik@best.com>
CC: <walkman44@excite.com>, <www-talk@w3.org>
Message-ID: <042c23452191e60OMMD-DMZ-DNS1@ommd-dmz-dns1.aethersystems.com>
Daniel Alexandre <walkman44@excite.com> wrote:
> With jumbotext, in the text of a web page every single 
> word would be outlined and in different colour (similar to usual hypertext) 
> when pointed by its mouse cursor. Then with a simple click one would see a 
> menu to: see the definition of the word, see its translation to different 
> languages, and hear the word spoken in audio.

Sounds like link smog to me  -- and what about phrases and sentences?

Actually, this idea was implemented the right way over 10 years
ago in the (pre-web) NeXTSTEP "Services" architecture.  Basically, the user
could make any (multimedia) selection in any application, go to a standard
system-supplied menu, and have other apps perform their registered
services on that data (in-place if appropriate).

On the web, this could be implemented as a "query URL bookmarks" feature.

Paul Burchard
Received on Friday, 30 June 2000 15:54:51 UTC

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