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4.17.2007

Papers for the Next Century

April 17, 2007 Papers for the Next Century

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Rats and Cats

marketing
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foot notes
who is sick?
megans law
and Goog earth

It's begining already.
What will you do to make it fair?

8:56 PM
Nice to know... since <center> is no longer used.
<div style="text-align: center;">

Styling input stuff
http://www.sitepoint.com/article/style-web-forms-css

I'd like to design a style sheet that sort of 'looks like
MLA' but has a few improvements with the use of media enhancments.
Basiclaly if you took the printed page and just added in some
convient citation links, movie embeds and pdf printable versions
as well as files... yeah, I'd like to do that.

My form page should be fixed if anything.

Papers for the Next Century
    A common way to promote one's ideas is via the common
student paper. In these recent times, we are graces with
such standards (by fiat of course) that tell use how we
should (as good citisens of the English language) format
our textual thoughts. If I were to subscribe myself to 
the MLA standards I would have to follow a variety of 
format rules and citation conventions in order to 'properly'
state my case for original thought.
    
    But upon rethinking of 'the paper' for this classic
age I realize... that the old dead tree print out is
unnecessary even quaintly out dated. Consider the following...

The quickest cheapest and most reliable way to mass produce
your words is via the net. The net as we know has changed 
quite dramatically since it's dawning days. As I stand on 
the forefront upon an explosion of 'standards' and style 
rules I take pause to consider what a well formated, well 
annotated paper might look like if it were re-vamped with
todays modern information technology.
    The printed page would find it's home as xhtml written
with CSS style information carefully crafted to fit our
English teachers beloved rule set the MLA standards.
The appears of typed pages would be a reassuring mirage
for which the eyes of former educationalists may 
requite their tender feelings for those old fangled pages.
Sure, the format now would have bordered pages with scrollable
content or clickable if one was to prefer. This would
not be the important part. 
    For the web is quite different and my imagination decides
to picture all the informational improvements that would 
accommodate your dear academic thought process. 

Meta keyword information for improved search engine 
results is a must. Embedded movies or video of interviews
and a bibliography section with extra links for cyber cited
notes. Though we can't forget the difficulties of the 
whole 'attempting to cite by urls' They often change 
and are not reliable for the purposes of any kind of 
educational citation. Perhaps, the focus ought to be upon
the message and what may be evaluated from it.

   Given these extras, the common average paper is now
ramped up with first hand imagery, links to authors profile,
perhaps journal and then some. 

    Even the means of copyright may be re-thought for maximum
audience exposure. A create commons share alike with attribution
license to improve the spread of information along with
copies of the paper in printable pdf format. Perhaps, a compressed
and archived version for off line browsing printing and viewing
such that all files will remain as whole.

Forms for collective feedback or better still annotation mode
where readers can leave their two bits in colors between the text
and confer over ideas expressed. 

    In this future of information technology advancement
let's not repackage old material in shiny new electronic
viewing screens. Let us hope we can re-envision and 're-imagine' 
the standard educational paper in order to bring the plain 
textual thoughts of the  former into the latter a world of
electronic thought matter.


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