benwerd
benwerd
I need to do a better job of explaining what I mean werd.io
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JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

@benwerd Thankyou. Too many people live in their personal world of TLAs and their extensions and forget the other 99.9 percent.

The glossary idea I am a fan of, on one of my old blogs I tried to keep such a thing going, but it broke when I archived the site to words.philpin.com (the final resting place of all my public facing blogs from the last nearly 20 years).

That said, I recall @Dave had a system for handling a glossary .. maybe part of 1999, I can’t remember, but it was effective … and seemingly easy to implement, if you went all in on his approach.

I think this is something that @manton might consider for MicroBlog. There have been threads in here before about supporting ‘wiki style linking’, which I would also be a fan of. A special limited version of that just for supporting a glossary … double square brackets to take you to the glossary page for that word/phrase would be awesome.

Meanwhile, those definitions are hard to agree on across an industry. Think what Web3 meant 15 years ago and what it means today. I was talking to a company last year that worked in ‘Information Architecture’, they could barely agree amongst themselves what that truly mean … so heaven knows how people will take ‘Human Centered Design’ … I wish you well and look forward to reading some of your definitions … maybe you house them on a public facing wiki?

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dave
dave

@JohnPhilpin -- the glossary has been in every product for writing i've done since the web started. it's in drummer. here are <a href="http://docserver.scripting.com/drummer/blogging.opml#1629212543000">the docs</a>. Every user can have a glossary, no need to wait for agreement. I depend on it in my writing.

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adamprocter
adamprocter

@benwerd I have been meaning to build out our Glossary of terms but it keeps getting bumped down the todo list https://wiki.adamprocter.co.uk/doku.php?id=glossaryofterms

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JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

@dave Thankyou. Much appreciated.

@benwerd

Drummer: Blogging in Drummer … scroll down to the section on glossary specifically.

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JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

@adamprocter but at least you have a page ready to go!

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adamprocter
adamprocter

@JohnPhilpin yeah my official course documentation may also refer to it 🤦🏻‍♂️

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dave
dave

@JohnPhilpin -- btw we could work out a way where you do one glossary that's shared among lots of applications. the code is incredibly low-tech, but the functionality is also incredibly useful. we could call it an indieweb project. we should all work together.

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JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

@dave

I would love to help - but not from the technical end - nobody would want that!

But there might well be others in the community that would be interested - @AndySylvester ? @benwerd ? @adamprocter ? ...and there are others from the 1999 world in here that - like me - remain fans - but unlike me - actually know what they are doing!

I also believe your buddy Doc Searls might be in a good place to think about building one in his IIW / VRM world - there is a group set up on Signal ( #ESC on Mastodon - not to be confused with the Eurovision Song Contest ) that is all about surveillance capitalism.

ESC = Escape Surveillance Capitalism - and has some interesting people in there.

I would argue one of the things missing is an agreed understanding of the terms that are used - not necessarily within the group - but certainly when someone writes something that gets read in the public domain .. too many assumptions about what each term may mean.

I guess the other consideration is to have such functionality working independent of whatever platform you are using to write on. (But you know that 😀)

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dave
dave

@JohnPhilpin -- manton is the man.

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JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

@dave This is indeed true - but not sure how much time @manton would have as a 'side' project - and would need to be convinced that it would be a good extension to MicroBlog.

That said, there are a number of great developers in here - and MicroBlog has a growing number of plugins that do interesting things. NO idea if a plugin would work in such a case - so lets also ask @sod @vincent @cleverdevil and @jsonbecker - to name just a few.

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jsonbecker
jsonbecker

@JohnPhilpin I think it'd be fairly easy to make a glossary page. The interface would be the funkiest part, but I'd probably do something like a short code called glossary with a term and definition parameter. It would not be made for long form content but more like a sentence or two. It would expand to be styled nice and have an anchor. Then you'd just enter those shortcodes on a native micro.blog page like glossary and you can do my.blog/glossary#term as your link

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sod
sod

@JohnPhilpin Sounds like a nifty feature! One might have to work around some Hugo-specific quirks, but a plug-in could provide something close to the glossary thing in Drummer.

If I understand it correctly, it's a text substitution feature. You define in your glossary that ;) should render as 😉 and Emoji as <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emoji">Emoji</a> and so on.

Definitely doable! You just have to find a developer that wants that feature bad enough in Hugo/Micro.blog. 😊

Until then, an alternative is using text-expanding software like TextExpander or the rudimentary Text Replacements that's built-in with Apple's operating systems. In combination with Micro.blog's search and replace feature, to add (or redefine) links/definitions to words in old blog posts.

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pratik
pratik

@sod @JohnPhilpin I use Apple keyboard substitutions all the time. But I like Drummer’s glossary to hyperlink certain words or phrases whenever they’re used. Is that possible using existing features?

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sod
sod

@pratik @JohnPhilpin Say that every time you write TGIF you want that replaced with a hyperlink, suitable for a Micro.blog post. Then you could set up a text replacement like this:

Two text fields. The first, labeled Replace, has the content TGIF. The second, labeled With, has a Markdown-formatted link.

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pratik
pratik

@sod Where are you setting this up? If on iOS or macOS, then won’t it change in places other than Micro.blog?

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sod
sod

@pratik Yes, Apple's Text Replacements are global. If you want to avoid triggering them by mistake, you can prefix the trigger word with something that makes sense to you but rarely (never) appears outside of your blogging. For example, make it \TGIF instead of TGIF.

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pratik
pratik

@sod Got it. Thanks! A Glossary plug-in for Micro.blog would be great. Of course, not asking you to create it.

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JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

Excited. Just off the phone and ... well, let's see.

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AndySylvester
AndySylvester

@JohnPhilpin just made a little post about this (https://andysylvester.com/2023/02/11/2785/), more to come!

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AndySylvester
AndySylvester

@JohnPhilpin whooops! wrong URL - try this: andysylvester.com/2023/02/1...

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JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

Busily doing my part this weekend. Thank you @AndySylvester

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AndySylvester
AndySylvester

@JohnPhilpin done - see this note (https://andysylvester.micro.blog/2023/03/09/as-a-result.html)

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