Friday, May 04, 2007

An erasure poem, test

For some time now I've been working on an idea to create a poem in HTML in which each line of text can undergo gradual erasure at the control of the user. Finally, over the past couple of weeks, I've started programming it, and thought I'd shove it up here so far.

Here's how it works. Each line has several versions, each version an edited version of the previous version. The large numbers on the side refer to which version of editing processes to trigger when the user click the corresponding ALL link. This is not the same as choosing which version to view! You can go in sequence (i.e. pressing ALL from 1 to 5 in order) to 'correctly' view each phase. Alternatively, you can choose to go by each individual edit for each phase (links 1 to 5/6 for each phase). Again this can be done in order for the conventional order.

The idea is that, once the user has got to grips with the workings of the program, he/she can then choose links out of order. This remaps the removal of letters, removing them at the 'wrong' point in the sequence. I wanted to include a controlled randomness to the manipulation.

Clicking the link you just clicked will revert. Refresh to start again.

Give it a go here!


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