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Dec 10, 2012

Author: Hirvesh Posted At: 12/10/2012 Tags: , , , , , ,

Tangle - A JavaScript Library For Creating Reactive Documents

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Tangle is a JavaScript library for creating reactive documents. Your readers can interactively explore possibilities, play with parameters, and see the document update immediately. Tangle is super-simple and easy to learn.


Some Background Information - What Does It Mean To Be An Active Reader?

An active reader asks questions, considers alternatives, questions assumptions, and even questions the trustworthiness of the author. An active reader tries to generalize specific examples, and devise specific examples for generalities. An active reader doesn't passively sponge up information, but uses the author's argument as a springboard for critical thought and deep understanding.

Do our reading environments encourage active reading? Or do they utterly oppose it? A typical reading tool, such as a book or website, displays the author's argument, and nothing else.

The reader's line of thought remains internal and invisible, vague and speculative. We form questions, but can't answer them. We consider alternatives, but can't explore them. We question assumptions, but can't verify them. And so, in the end, we blindly trust, or blindly don't, and we miss the deep understanding that comes from dialogue and exploration (source).

 

What Tangle Brings To The Table?

Tangle allows you to create a reactive document, which in turn, allows the reader to play with the author's assumptions and analyses, and see the consequences.  An explorable example makes the abstract concrete, and allows the reader to develop an intuition for how a system works. 

Contextual information allows the reader to learn related material just-in-time, and cross-check the author's claims.

Requirements: None
Demo: http://worrydream.com/Tangle/
License: MIT License

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