Textbender is a system of collaborative writing based on recombinant text. It implements a social Web medium with potential applications ranging from open art to open democracy. The underlying mechanism is evolutionary genetics: the text exists as a population of variants, one per author; authors swap fragments and arrangements of the text, peer to peer; and genes encode a traceable record of authorship throughout. Initial development is aimed at creative works, particularly at short verse and prose.
|Tags||Artistic Software Communications Text Processing|
|Operating Systems||OS Independent|
Release Notes: Designs for an open legislative system and an open electoral system were sketched. A design for "recombinant brainstorming" was sketched.
Release Notes: The project was effectively opened up. It now has a contributors page, a discussion group, a Mercurial repository, and generally improved documentation.
Release Notes: A clipboard transfer facility was added to the kit. This completes the functional core of textbender, bringing it to alpha.
Release Notes: A 'reload' action was added to the page daemon, as well as other file synchronizations. Together, they allow the browser to function in tandem with a text editor. A description of editing procedures was added to the demo walk-through.
Release Notes: The genetic encoder was improved. It now detects duplicate genes that arise from manual editing, and corrects them. The user applet was moved to the top edge of the browser window, where it now functions as a floating toolbar.