Found the following use case. Perhaps it can be generalized. It has to do with having to work with one-viewport viewing and navigation (computers, modern time) vs paper books/materials any old-school method (just flip back two pages, lift the top page slightly, not losing time = 3D — better than hyperD-text sometimes). Also, supposing we want to use it to work with those texts as opposed to leaning towards preserving them.
Example case: When trying to read AN 3.65 very thoroughly, word by word in English after looking at Pali, without skipping any repetitions as is often recommended for an authentic reading, it is tricky. Whilst, the omission that comes form the Pali original (placeholder “…pe…”) has been most kindly indicated as being identical to a stanza AN 3.63 (very nice!), the only way right now to see this, if I’m not somehow smart in advance by keeping two windows open in separate tabs, is to:
1. use the browser’s back function
2. locate AN 3.63
3. (if I’m not “smart”, ie. I behave normally) click on it
4. read the passage
5. (if not “smart”, again) use back
6. relocate AN 3.65
8. imagine I just read the passage there and continue reading until the next omission
9. repeat 8 steps or learn and adjust
This piece has only two omissions. Not too bad. The “being smart” part = learning ie. knowing the situation in advance, one can work around it via less moves: 1) going back once, 2) locating the other text, 3) right-clicking it into a new tab and 4) then returning to the initial text by the forward function. And we can enjoy reading with 5) swapping back and forth a bit hopefully using keyboard shortcuts instead of a mouse for an easier life (thats also why the post says function as opposed to a button, too, allows for both behaviors).
The effort of pointing to AN 3.63 is already very valuable! Thanks. I was thinking, would it be also possible without unproportional effort to take it even up a notch in one of the following ways:
- a) have the depicted squared insertion be old-school clickable (ie. lead to the other text – if smart, one opens it in a background tab – hopefully even using Vimium or Gleebox for fast navigation <- recommendation of the day: give self-gift: discover Vimium. (Gleebox a bit too confusing).
- b) have the squared insertion somehow pull the text and when clicked, fill the space out temporarily or permanently for those who want it, like accordion functions do
- c) have it display the omission in a mouse hover pop-up bubble
- d) something else
- e) it’s not a problem -> nothing
- f) it takes too much effort -> nothing
- g) already talked about -> OP failed to find it -> is sorry.
Maybe this can be somehow helpful.