The general idea would be to treat all history-webpages as timelines--
series of EVENT items, with each event having a DATE attribute, and
normally a PLACE and various PERSONs...
So something like XML (extensible markup language) could be used to
'tag' timeline entries (or even _sentences_ within long prose
descriptions of historical events).
1492: 12Oct: Columbus 'discovers' America
This will allow search-engine queries on dates (or range of dates) or
persons or places, etc, with the search-engine easily returning all
pages that fit the query...
But the hardest thing will be those RELATIONSHIPs-- that attribute has
to capture as much historical context as possible, but still use a fixed
and unambiguous vocabulary.
So a big priority is to sketch an _outline of history_ using limited
vocabulary: starting with migrations, and why groups migrate, and what
happens when they arrive-- relationships between neighboring groups,
like conquest or assimilation or whatever...
I have a very rough start at:
...but the research required to take it the next step is overwhelming
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yet playful, polymathic in scope of interests, minimalist
but user-friendly design." --Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Has there been any follow-up on his?