Typed Link Outlining
Ted Goranson

We are in the business of designing radical user interfaces [More], in part to support topoiesis [More].

Whether the problem is as severe as topoiesis requires or not, the general problem is one of seeing small collections of information in a larger, structured context. Ideally, you should be able to readily switch back and forth, emphasizing the larger or small context. Also, ideally, you should be able to easy enrich the structure.

We have made an intensive study of this “situated” structural UI problem, starting with the two notions of outlining and hypertext (in the deeper, pre-web sense). Some of this study was shared with the community as a popular column in a web magazine [More].

We now have designed a collection of user interface concepts that will work together. Some use outlining in a familiar way, and others in a more novel way. Kutachi [More], kunji [More], bowtie [More], planetary [More], Cardier model [More] and other elements all work together in this framework. A prototype of the typed outliner framework can be seen [Here].

The notion of a link ranges from a flexibly assigned relationship to a transformative, reactive function.