• Content is not Context: Radical Transparency and the Acknowledgement of Informational Palimpsests in Online Display.

    Author(s):
    Matthew Davis (see profile)
    Editor(s):
    Matthew Davis, Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel, Ece Turnator
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    CLCS Medieval, Computer Studies in Language and Literature, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture and Society, TC Digital Humanities
    Subject(s):
    Digital humanities
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    code studies, Medieval studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6QN5ZB05
    Abstract:
    Whether for print or for the internet, dividing structure and content—the layer approach used in modern web development—has influenced our modern notions of textual presentation. Conscious of it or not, popular conceptions of “content” treat the text as a Platonic ideal loating in the cloud, divorced from any mechanisms of production or display. Since the presentation and display layers are handled separately in most modern web and publishing tools, the underlying assumption is that content can fluidly it any container it is placed into, like water poured into beakers of differing shape, but similar volume. As scholars of medieval manuscript and early print culture can attest, however, this is ultimately a dangerous misconception.
    Notes:
    This is the pre-press version of the chapter from Meeting the Medieval in a Digital World.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Book chapter    
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    6 years ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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