> One strength of the Newton (NewtonScript) is that you can link nearly
> everything together.
You can? Can you tell me more about this? I'll read the developer docs
myself when I have the time, but at the moment I'm busy with Cocoa and
> The problem of linking words in notes or better elsewhere (dates,
> works, Avi's BD, todos etc.) is IMHO that the word has to be marked
> somehow so that one can distinguish a marked or linked word from a
> normal word. The extension which would have to take care about all that
> has also to guarantee that one has not only a visible feedback but all
> possibilities of editing of the link. Including removing a link as well
> as the automatic link-back entry or changing of a link to a
> unidirectional one. The longer I'm thinking the better does this
> feature fit in.
Yes, it really does. This idea was sitting in the back of my mind since
I got my Palm a few years ago. And apparently I'm not the only one
thinking about it:
The WikiWikiWeb also has some insights on links in both directions and
And there's of course Xanadu, the project that started it all
> MoreInfo provides a very small part of it but only with objects like
> complete notes, dates or names entries. Not down to the word level. A
> hyperlinked word could be inverse (on b/w systems) and grey background
> on greyscale Newtons. A single tap would then follow the link and a
> longer tap until squeek would open the link editor including the link
No, inverse is already used for "selected". Why not underline the word?
That's already standard in html, so people are used to it.
> What about multiple links?
Hm. Adding this feature would clutter the interface without need. But
it's not really necessary. You could handle this with additional links
on the linked page, I think.
> I better stop now... ;-)
Don't. It's just getting interesting :)
Maybe it's getting a bit OT, but IMO this would be a feature that would
really go beyond paper emulation. Go ahead and flame me for this, but I
still don't see a good reason why I shouldn't just take my notes on a
paper notepad instead of a Newton.
Another program that I always missed on handhelds is a mathematics
notebook with an integrated computer algebra system (for solving
equations, plotting graphs etc) and typesetting (in TeX quality). This
includes recognition of all the mathematical symbols as well as a sense
for their placement.
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