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Three-Dimensional Reading

As I stood alongside Mr Free Market chewing the fat on Sunday morning with the lead flying through the air and him trying to get his new toy to work, I fell to pondering on diffferent blog styles. Mr FM is the master of the reasoned essay, and despite Mr Plastic Gangster's kind words I never claim to write anything "thoughtful, measured and well reasoned". I write short, sharpish comments which are always linked to the original material and also provide odd alleyways for the interested to meander off into.

My style is based on several factors; lazyness, temper, available time etc. but also on my liking of what I thought I might call "Three-Dimensional Reading". I like my reading to have hyperlinks, so I can see sources, the full context, other takes on the material, related stuff etc.

I have mentioned before I'm reading Quicksilver, which is written by Neal_Stephenson who understands the net better than most. And I admit that the flat pages of the novel annoy me as I want to dig further. And in the same vein when I checked my newly minted phrase I found someone had both beaten me to it and written better about than I ever could:

The Perils of Three-Dimensional Reading


I don't know about better. For what it's worth, I recall reading about the concept of 3d reading in some systems class in grad school.


If one day you are curious enough, you might do a google search on the "xanadu project" and ted nelson (a big player in what you refer to as 3d-reading).


"In Dream Machines, Nelson provides three categories of hypertext (45). The first, basic or chunk hypertext, supports what we have been calling reference and note links. The second, stretchtext, is a full implementation of expansion links. The third, collateral, stems from his work in 1971 with the Parallel Textface, which provides a view of two documents on one screen, with full support for versioning. Nelson also distinguishes between "fresh" or original hyperbooks on one topic, "anthological" hyperbooks linking different works, and "grand" systems:"

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