In your manifesto, you say that the scholar's forum wants to:

> * To facilitate this new mode of discussion, the Forum will
> develop the mechanisms to support and retain linked commentary.

In this regard, you might want to take a look at: [About Multivalent Documents] [Powerpoint presentation about MVD] [UC Berkeley's Digital Library overview]

Finally, please try out MVD yourself using any (recent) Java-compliant browser. Go to and browse some documents.

MVD was created by Robert Wilensky and Tom Phelps. A new version will be released shortly. Have fun!


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