Problem. I don’t readily generate content.

I’m a “Website Designer”, in theory. In practice I’m a Middleware Designer, or a Web Application Designer.

I don’t generate content, generally, I don’t care about it except as the filler for the design. But I loather particularly all website design. Notable exceptions are Google, and LifeHacker. There are others. (Steve Gibson’s fanatically ranting, the man is a genius and I’m sure quite quite mad, is terrible in many ways. If he is, he is driven so by the daft things he writes solutions for in Windows, he writes in C for it, I think that counts. Most useful site I ever came across. Really).

I was saying that I don’t generate content. For the most part I have nothing to say of any importance whatsoever on the web. I have put things on the web before, (like my Garden Shed project), but nearly all content I generate has been some filler to test some design concept or to test some design of the middleware I have been testing out.

Point is, have been doing this for a long time. People want sites and I write the software that makes them be able to write their own material without bothering me. Now lots of other people are doing it too. Badly. WordPress, for what it does, (mostly Blogging), actually does it rather well. Which is why I am using it. What I do is rather more advanced, not in file uploading, (Because I don’t touch Flash), not in content generation, that’s up to the client, but increasingly in content organisation. This is the part where most CMSs (Content Management Systems), fall over, they cannot organise the structure of their website, or allow its re-organisation. Mine can. WordPress promises some more of this in the future, I do it now. but my stuff is not for blogging, it’s for site creation and maintenance.

In fact I have recently come to understand that that the effort involved in making this easy might be overblown for 90% of the time. It is that little 10% that is important, the creation time, when information might be re-organised at the page level. This is about the granularity of information and how it is organised.

Now, my dissertation, yes, I completed my undergraduate degree, (at the age of 44), last year, (see the date on the entry), talked about the organisation of information. I did some research, Goddess knows I’m not the greatest researcher, but the trail of effort to organise information in the more meaningfully semantic way leads back past Berners-Lee, who implemented the Internet that we know today, but did not, as so many write, invent it, to Ted Nelson, who coined the phrase Hypertext way back in the 60’s, and positied the internet in this shape, the shape we have today, and POINTED OUT THE FLAWS almost immediately, (for another time); past Vannevar Bush, who imagined at the end of the Second World War a universal system for looking up data involving projected and cut and paste microfiche projected on screens on a desk, right back to Paul Otlet, who with his team at the turn of the 20th century started indexing what came to be 15,000,000 books on twice that many index cards. That kind of effort shows that organising information is an important and worthwhile pursuit. Ted Nelson shows us that it is worth pursuing down to paragraph level.

That’s where I’m going. The hell with generating content. That’s for people who want to sell things, or hold an exposition. I couldn’t give a damn about that, I want to organise it.

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