The newly open-source sentence-level linking engine from the New York Times, now called Emphasis, is seriously the coolest thing. Click over to that blog post, double-tap the shift key, click a paragraph and a line, and tell me you don’t love it.
What’s lovely about the Emphasis engine is that it’s actually usable. It’s not just a spec—not just some elegant new protocol that exists only in the virtual space between geeks’ brains. It’s a product! It has an interface and more than a little beauty.
And it seems to me that it’s actually an argument, in code, for the good ol’ fashioned open web—the web of pages and links. It’s like: “Slow down, App Store! We’re not done with this thing over here. We still have work to do.” Maybe it’s a futile argument—maybe the era of earnest linking is waning, and that’s just the way it is. But you never know. The web has surprised us before.
We should probably install it on Snarkmarket, huh?
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