[wp-hackers] [OT] Testing needed for WordTrails plugin from Xerox

scribu scribu at gmail.com
Sun Oct 4 17:19:31 UTC 2009

I like the ideea of trails, but I can't figure out how to view one.

I can't get past the Bird's eye view here:

I'm on Ubuntu 9.10.

On Sun, Oct 4, 2009 at 7:18 PM, Venkatesh Rao <vgururao at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Stephen
> > What it reminds me of is "Choose Your Own Adventure" Books.  I think
> > that's as good a metaphor as any for describing what it does.
> Yes, this is the perfect metaphor for those who've read those books
> (there were several Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew books that used that model).
> I actually think that idea was rather unnatural in book form, but is a
> natural fit for the Web. In fact, one of our bolder ambitions for the
> trails technology is to enable people to get beyond the book metaphor
> retrofitted on to the Web, and really start exploiting the potential
> of the Web as a creative medium in its own right, where much of the
> creativity is in coming up with thoughtful patterns of hyperlinks for
> your own and others' content. "Painting with hyperlinks" so to speak,
> which is painful with bare-metal hyperlinking technolog, but will
> hopefully be way more fun with trails.
> >
> > I can also see using this for setting up a series of instructions that
> > vary based on your situation, but for which certain steps are common
> > to different situations.  Imagine a site with instructions for
> > replacing parts of a computer.  The "open the case" step will pretty
> > much always be there, but "remove the the hard drive" only for certain
> > projects.  With Trails you only have to write the "open the case" step
> > once and include it in different trails.
> >
> > Am I understanding Trails correctly?  :)
> Absolutely. This reusability argument is central. Similar to the
> troubleshooting domain is the travel domain: the "Rome" page can be
> the same whether you include it in a "3 day Italy trip" trail or a "15
> day Europe trip" trail.  Other examples might be sites with
> weight-training exercises or yoga poses arranged in different
> sequences. We hope a "medium is the message" effect takes over, and
> people innovate a whole new blogging genre called "trail blogging" :)
> >
> > P.S. -- I don't think this topic is "OT" at all.  This is a
> > significant WP plugin.
> You just made my day :)
> Venkat
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