Sample interactive documents
Bret Victor / March 10, 2011 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. Do our reading environments encourage active reading? Explorable Explanations is my umbrella project for ideas that enable and encourage truly active reading. This essay presents examples of few initial ideas: A reactive document allows the reader to play with the author's assumptions and analyses, and see the consquences. 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. As always, if any of this inspires you to play around with these concepts, I'd love to see what you come up with. 1. Ten Brighter Ideas was my early prototype of a reactive document. Here is a more simplistic example of the same concept.
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