Bryan cerulicante wrote a protected journal entry that I very much enjoyed reading. I wanted him to make it public, so that I'd be able to share it with people, too. He didn't want to do that, but he suggested that I copy and paste it if I wanted to.
But I...just...can't. The idea of duplicating information in a hypertext system is almost morally offensive to me -- especially if you're not even adding any new information, and especially if the copies aren't connected. But I couldn't figure out how to explain why, so I hit up Google. The first thing I found was this article about writing for hypertext media, which wasn't what I was looking for, but which is awesome. Then I tried some well-placed quotation marks and found OSMIC, which is completely off the hook and entirely awesome:
Transclusion has been widely misunderstood. A logical structure rather than an implementation method, transclusion is a special kind of inclusion by reference, which people tend to mistake either for a kind of link, or for "only one copy of anything." It means neither of these. It means tracking all the manifestations of any data, and keeping them connected to their virtual cosmic original, throughout the docuverse.
Yes. Yes. Yes.
Time to go running!