Adornments are a lightweight organizers


2005-12-3

Mark Berstein has some very well written notes about the use of adornments in Tinderbox maps to be highly flexible and yet well organized from the beginning. His notes are a very clear explanation of what I am doing with my 'visual outlining' and 'clouds of ideas' etc.

"[A]dornments are a lightweight organizers. They organize space and describe intentions, but they represent a very slight commitment. Not sure where something fits? You can place it at the edge of an adornment, or just outside an adornment, or astride two adornments.

This is an example of spatial hypertext -- using proximity to represent a weak connection. It's also an example of the limitations of outliners: if you don't know how things need to be organized, you can't get started with the organization." [emphasis mine]

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