The web that can be

Alex Wright’s “The Web That Wasn’t” nicely covers many aspects of hypertext that have been theorized but not integrated into the WWW (or any adjunct systems useable by non-analyst-types, save for Oneslate):

The video above provides a nice context for listing features that Oneslate’s platform does include, fully functional:

  1. Private group collaboration space on top of current web and/or network (available as hosted cloud service and also as a Virtual Machine for local/offline use)
  2. Two-way linking (actually n-way linking, can navigate links both ways and also link any node to any number of other nodes)
  3. Visible pathways (see edge lines in trees)
  4. Links carry meaning of causality (support/conclusion tree hierarchy)
  5. 5-bin voting built into every node (color coded to node border for visual tracking)
  6. Users = Authors (any user you invite by email can create nodes and link contexts)
  7. Interact non-linearly with idea-based messaging
  8. Transclusion: re-use the same node anywhere it is logical via autocomplete when adding a support/conclusion, and that node’s entire linked structure is then included)
  9. Zooming interface (see entire tree at once on the screen to visualize heatmapped structure, easily identifying new content as orange, learning about the nature of the information layout from the shape, and zoom in to read text if nodes are too small when zoomed out)
  10. Focused grid view for limiting # visible nodes to useable working memory, and constraining node size so text is always legible, with out-of-view node context indicators, with grid refocusing, etc.

So, what would you do, with an enhanced web layer?