Text: Nesting Dolls

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I have never really given much thought to the definition of text. I found the following definition to be interesting.

“Text is an ordered hierarchy of content objects.” which is a definition that has been around since the 1980’s and has been associated with text processing. This made me think of the nesting dolls shown above. The more we write, the more we create layers of information which nest inside each other. Thinks of a great novel where layer after layer is added and then shed away the opportune, moment keeping the suspense alive.

Ide,Hockey eds.(1993) “Refining our Notion of What Text Really Is: The Problem of Overlapping Hierarchies.” Research in Humanities Computing, Oxford University Press

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