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July 02, 2005


Matthew A. Schneider


I created PurpleSlurple to allow _consumers_ of Web pages to insert fine-grained links into the millions of Web pages that don't have them, thus enabling them to get a handle back to the particular passage of interest (handy for long documents). Your blogging software does in fact insert permalinks for _your_ postings. And while permalinks are better than simply linking to a page, permalinks are not particularly fine-grained, but more importantly, permalinks are inserted by the author.

PurpleSlurple is for the consumer (when the publisher doesn't have the good sense to include permalinks). It's a hack to (re)enable the two-way Web.

Transcoding is fun, even though it can be corrupted, as Dave Winer points out[1]

Best regards,


[1] http://purpleslurple.net/ps.php?theurl=http://www.thetwowayweb.com/2005/02/22#purp208

Matthew A. Schneider

Not meaning to comment spam your weblog but I wanted to add that the latest version of PurpleSlurple enables one to select the phrase of interest instead of inserting purple numbers at each paragraph. Much cleaner to view (although the linkto URL can be a bit long).

Dave may not like this ;)


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