Sharing — l8l.info
[ Modified: 2024 Apr 12 ]

Estimated termination date for this document server:
2026 Autumn

Summary: Documents shared from this document server. Consider them to be perpetual rough drafts. As such, save a copy of any document with info that matters to you, just in case it changes later.




Topic list

1. Writing with the computer medium

Encouragement to keep plain text as plain text, even when formatting it. (HTM and CSS)

A computer will draw a letter at the press of the button for that letter. Just add spaces between words and blank lines between paragraphs, nothing more is needed. The result is a plain text document compatible with the past, present, and future computer devices.

The intent of Hypertext Markup (HTML) is two-fold: mark regions of text when helpful (markup), and reference other content (links). HTML is simply punctuation marks written as names instead of singular symbols, rather much like proofreader marks.

Documents marked with HTML remains readable as plain text. The alternate view implied by the HTML marks is supplementary for displaying the text.

An HTML document viewer (computer program) provides an alternate view by leaving out the marks and making adjustments to spacing (f.e. line height or indentation) and text (f.e. drawn thicker or underlined). The computer programmers of each of those HTML doc viewers had to decide the default characteristics for the spacing and drawing of the text. As such, each of those doc viewers might display the same HTML document differently, though usually only slightly different.


The intent of Cascading Stylesheets (CSS) is for changing those default characteristics of the HTML marks (t.i. spacing and drawing) that have been decided by the computer programmers for each of the HTML doc viewers.

CSS has nothing do with the document content. CSS is only a convenient means for changing the default preferences of the computer program (t.i. doc viewer) without having to rewrite the computer program itself.

2. The computer as a tool

Personalizing the computer for comfort and use.

Custom keyboard layouts (remapping). ASCII, PDF, and binary formats. Computer instruction and recipe interpreters (LISP or shell) and their commands, and Ed and Emacs, too.

Perhaps first and foremost is accessible information from the computer medium, rather than merely available. For example, plain text documents, perhaps marked up with HTM, therefore no additional software needed beyond what comes with the computer. Plain text is likely the most friendly for computer programs to understand, too.

Obviously, computer programs are "disabled" by the typical menus, pointer cursor, and overlapping views or the typical interface from the computer itself. Making the so-called human-computer-interface (HCI) more accessible to people might also help make the interface more accessible for computer programs, too. As the tool a computer is intended to be, the computer utterly fails when it is unable to do what a human can do with the computer itself.

So far as of the year 2022:

For example, consider a multi-floor building with stairs leading to each floor. Thinking of only the "stair impaired" people might inspire the installation of ramps to each floor. On the other hand, re-thinking the purpose might inspire the idea of an elevator, or having only a single floor, or eliminating the "need" of a building (or maze of walls) at all.

For HCI, it is pretty obvious the operating systems of computers (and likely their hardware) in their current forms must be abandoned in order to live beyond computers as they are currently known. Personalizable implies do-it-yourself (DIY) instead of done-for-you (DFY). DIY is the means beyond a set of options or commands decided by someone else (DFY) for no one in particular.

It is especially about time for considering the importance of the temporary moments of disability experienced by the TAB (f.e. no-sight phone call, or temporarily single-handed), as that aids in addressing similar permanent disabilities.

In other words, there must be some new curiosity, some interests beyond the stories sold by the "computerized appliance" market, f.e. the all-in-one or PDA (including misnomered "smartphones").

3. Personal

Where I am, who I have helped, my pursuits, and my interests.

This docserver and my email adresses are the only Internet services I use. I never make use of other Internet services that require my contact information, as I have no interest in being nagged by computer programs and advertisements.

No name can be unique, but hopefully that clarifies that for me the "l8l.info" (or "L8L.info") computer address for this docserver is unrelated to anything or anyone else (especially on the Internet). For me, I think of "l8l" as representing "infinite scroll" or "an inifinity scroll", the (magical) opportunity a computer display provides for documents.

After a half-century of life, I am currently outdoors in the city (once again) until I meet new people, I guess. Hopefully someday I will be allowed indoors again, and maybe personalize my own international telegramming device (t.i. computer) again.

4. Perception

Perceiving is shaped by the mindset at the moment and by memory management.

5. Docserver information

Documents about the documents on this docserver.



#1 Writing with the computer medium

Encouragement to keep plain text as plain text, even when formatting it. (HTM and CSS)

Plainly typing with markup

A very quick introduction (especially section 5) to marking a plain text document with HTM (hypertext markup).

HTM is just marks, like proofreader marks, and is not instructions for the computer. That is, there is no need for computer programming knowledge.

Most of the time, the only mark used will likely be for a paragraph, which is just <p>. Other commonly useful marks are for headings or lists. A plain text document remains as plain text even when it has HTM marks.

An excerpt from section 2:

Sometimes the ending of a region is obvious by a mark beginning a new region after it, f.e. a paragraph after a paragraph, thereby the ending mark is conveniently optional.

<p>A paragraph of text that is followed by another paragraph.
<p>The previous paragraph obviously ends when this paragraph begins. This one has an ending mark, though it might be unnecessary. </p>

"HTML just happens"

The prior notes I wrote as an introduction for HTM, with different details.

Type the letter ʻokina and letters with accents

Quick reference of named or numbered letters in HTM, for when the letter ʻokina and letters with accents are unavailable when typing on a computer.

For example, select and copy the first character of the name ʻokina (which is &#699; in HTM), as that is the ʻokina itself. Then insert the copy (t.i. "paste" it) into the text in any other computer program.

It is pretty quick to open the "Notepad" computer program on an MS Windows OS computer, and then type the letter name (f.e. &eacute; ) into a new blank document. Then, save the document with the suffix ".htm" on its name, such as maybe "special-letters.htm".

Open that document with a web browser (or similar computer program) and it will show the named letters converted into single letters, f.e. &omacr; becomes ō, and &atilde; becomes ã. (The kahakō is equivalent to the macron, hence the "macr" in the letter names.)

Simply select (t.i. highlight) the converted letter and copy it, then switch to the computer program with the document that needs it, and paste it where the text cursor is located in that document.

A stylesheet for stylesheets

A CSS stylesheet for a stylesheet with its documentation (t.i. comments) marked with HTM. [ Made the statements too concise. Would like to rephrase the explanations someday. ]

The "style" of Cascading Style Sheet refers to expression rather than decoration, because CSS is for changing the default spacing and drawing of HTM marked regions of plain text documents. Therefore, CSS actually describes the characteristics of HTM marks rather than the document.

The intent of the CSS stylesheet should be documented with comments embraced by /* and */. The text within a commented region can be marked up with HTM, and then the documentation for a stylesheet can have an alternate view in an HTML doc viewer.

A well-documented stylesheet inevitably links to itself for styling HTM marked examples of its CSS rules within its own documentation. Therefore, a "stylesheet stylesheet" such as this one is "the mother of all stylesheets", as it precedes and begets all thereafter.



#2 The computer as a tool

Personalizing the computer for comfort and use.

Dual-system approach with computers

Repeatability of tedius tasks, and discrete instability by means of external memory.

General examples for applying to whatever hardware or software is available.

StumpWM for personalized computing

Notes about using specific software and hardware, with intent of implementing my main (or former? maybe again?) pursuit towards the computer as a personalizable tool, especially by the everyday person.

See "Dual-system computing: 4. A personalizable computer" for a general idea (t.i. non-specific hardware and software).

Pursuing having the computer repeat the keystrokes, pointer movements, and any other button presses for any workflow involving any computer program system-wide. Though incomplete, it could help with getting started (again).

Various opportunities would arise from having such a button-sequence recording ability, and without need for computer programming knowledge nor so-called "artificial intelligence". The keyboard macros available in Emacs [gnu.org] (a LISP interpreter) provides this ability, which also includes text editing, email, access to Internet documents, UNIX shell interpreters, and other activities possible within Emacs. [ The abilities of Emacs are modular, so more can be added and any can be removed. ]

For example, a recorded sequence would be likely a short length of text (f.e. button names like "a" or "Control-c") that can actually perform the work [ Or, to play a difficult part of a game for someone, perhaps requiring fingers that person has lost, or that has been permanently injured. ] rather than recording a video requiring lots of computer memory and telegramming bandwidth. Or, accomplish a task so tediously repetitive that it might never have been attempted without such automation.

New opportunities are like having elevators instead of having only stairs, f.e. the package delivery services with carts that would be encumbered by stairs if there were no elevator. Think of how anyone uses an elevator instead of stairs regardless of personal physical ability, and without feeling stigmatized for not using the stairs. Convenience and with no shame, and everybody benefits without needing specialized engineering knowledge or personal ability.

Compact buttonboard layout for Apple model A1243

Includes the ʻokina, kahakō composition, and various accent compositions.
(xmodmap, Xserver, StumpWM)

Compact buttonboard layout for Raspberry Pi model RPI-KYB

Includes the ʻokina, kahakō composition, and various accent compositions.
(xmodmap, Xserver, StumpWM)

Commands for file transfer, find, and grep
SSH key generation and use
Notes about emacs

Some essentials, and some rather elaborate details. (Probably. Need to read again someday, determine relevancy.)

Installing emacs

Old info about installing emacs. (Need to read again someday, determine relevancy.)

Enabling email in emacs

IIRC, this explains the details for enabling the basic email interface rmail.

American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII)

The bits about the dots and dashes for ASCII (rather than Morse code) for storing info in computer memory, and for telegramming with computers across the international telegramming network (a.k.a. the Internet).

The basics of PDF 1.4

A brief summary from personal notes for adding hyperlinks within a PDF document, and combining images into a single PDF document.

Even thought Portable Document Format (PDF) is plain text, PDF is for describing how to layout text and images rather than for editing text. That is, for drawing.

The recommendation for PDF is to use the version that has the features needed for making the desired document, instead of simply using the latest version. That usually means the earliest version possible, which is commonly "PDF 1.3", though "PDF 1.4" has some nice conveniences.

Approaches for documenting binary files


#3 Personal

Where I am, who I have helped, my pursuits, and my interests.

Personally helped

People and organizations who I have helped most recently (2008-2021) with the computer medium. A sort of portfolio.

I was able to help them even though I knew nothing about art, nor about being a Catholic, nor about being a woman. And, I still know nothing about any of that. Nonetheless, we had overlapping interests, t.i. my craft with the computer medium.

For the Jean Charlot Foundation, I scanned thousands of pages of docs and books, and scanned hundreds of photographs (f.e. slides) and archived artwork. The docserver had maybe a few hundred documents and images, and I added thousands more without needing a database or a COTS (commercial off the shelf) CMS (content management system). Using no COTS software kept it as secure as the docserver itself (t.i. no additional security concerns), and made it future compatible with any filesystem, docserver, OS, and text editor programs. I focused on accessible (t.i. beyond merely available) for both humans and computer programs, and on ease of maintenance or transitioning with the tasks lists, guidelines, and help I wrote and continuously updated. I am also credited with formatting, posting, and printing the 200+ page book "Writings by Jean Charlot: a bibilography" by Janine M. Richardson.

For the Catholic Women's Guild Hawaii, I scanned hundreds of archive documents and created PDF dcouments from them (f.e. per folder from the boxes). I later transcribed the bylaws for revising and reprinting, edited a few newsletters (folded 17 by 11 inches) for amiling to the members, and formatted and printed the annual report (including financial tables) for the Board members.

My participation

Former very lengthy text from section "-1. Preamble" of "begin.htm". Topics such as "who am I?" and "who are you?".

That is very long document, and a very rough draft. In short: I am no longer needed by anyone, so I have no place to sleep securely nor to store anything securely (since 2022 Jan 09). Even shorter: everything I carry is all I have, plus this docserver of info.


A bit more detail in the following paragraphs, but still much shorter than this document "participation.htm".


I am outdoors (since 2024 January 09) and having been sleeping near the intersection at Waiʻalae Ave and 21st Ave, other side of guardrail by the tall metal box.

So, I finally feel less scared of everybody else despite having no place to be anymore, and am trying to let people know I am no one scary either, even after the worldwide germ scare we all went through.

Yes, I am that person walking around with "L8L.info" clipped to the front and back of myself. It has gotten to the point that I know no one (best references have died the last few years) and I am out of ideas of how to get to know people. Everybody drives around in a box (and difficult to see inside), and I have been behind the computer most of my life.

I have about a half-century of life behind me, and I am entering my second half-century. Perhaps an old leftover technologist, along the lines of a computer wizard (research and development) rather than a computer genie (maintenance of problems). Prefer to eliminate problems, even if that means an approach eliminating the computer as a tool for a task.

I seem to have lost all my stories about our culture, so I have no interest in products or services, no interest in ever being an entrepreneur. There seems to be no such thing as a "need" without a story to sell it. I keep thinking of how no one needs me anymore, and I end up wondering for what do I need anything at all.

What does anyone need? We all are just waiting, all eight billion people just passing the time until our individual final moments, passing by with acceptance and patience.

For now, I am part of the untapped abundance of human resources, water in the pipes. Patient water. Mostly still within time flowing around me, and accepting of all the busy-ness of everyone as mere imitation of the busy-ness of our past.

It seems to me there is nothing wrong with all the busy-ness that is being done by us all, as there is no right way anyway. And maybe someday I will get lost within the busy-ness once again, passing the time to my final moment in that way once again. Until then, my patience and acceptance has felt like enough for me.



#4 Perception

Perceiving is shaped by the mindset at the moment and by memory management.

Mindset

In essence, the "you" is also "me", so no point anybody other than me (and only "now me", not "later me") taking anything personally that I wrote.

Besides, this is the computer medium, so just save-and-edit any doc [ Nope. Absolutely no copyright on anything authored by me. I give full credit to all the influences from every single thing in the Universe. ] with new phrasing for yourself, as that is what I do, too.

Memory management with EFT
Perspective

Just some reminders for myself, various perspectives.



#5 Docserver information

Documents about the documents on this docserver.

Help for this docserver

This explains the visual differences for the HTM/CSS alternate view of the documents.

For example, hyperlinks have been decorate with dotted, dashed, and solid underlining (Help: hyperlinks).

It also has help for creating a personal stylesheet (Help: personal) for affecting documents from this docserver, or any docserver on the international telegramming network (the Internet).
CSS is just a list of characterstics for each HTM mark, and is not computer instructions at all, t.i. no need for computer programming knowledge.

Prior main stylesheet for these docs

Review the additional CSS styles applied to many of these documents, and their explanations.

New stylesheet for these docs

Review the next CSS stylesheet, curently in revision.

Guideline for marking my docs

I occassionally update this with my approaches for writing notes with HTM.

It is a basic approach in order to keep the documents easy to read, edit, and revise. No need for computer programming.

[ Needs to be updated with the latest approaches employed within the document "begin.htm", and the new documents formed from "begin.htm". Likely will happen as the new stylesheet emerges. ]



# Elsewhere

Information that was useful to me, located at other docservers on the Internet.


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