Conceptual Portmanteau

“Web-Based Conceptual Portmanteau” is an internet based expression of meaning that relies on web-based technologies to present a claim, argument, sentence, or text snippet with at least two of the following features as inherent to the text structure: 

  • embedded definitions, which are inextricably attached to the claim, argument, sentence, or text snippet.
  • variant phrases of similar/different registers, including registers of different reading levels and technical registers which use jargon, which are inextricably attached to the claim, argument, sentence, or text snippet. Various phrasings of similar register, but substituted words, is also a feature.
  • the expression of meaning shown visually through images, giphys, or other graphics referenced from external sources, which are inextricably attached to the claim, argument, sentence, or text snippet. Formats include: JPEG, TIFF, GIF, BMP, PNG, WebP, SVG, and others.
  • the expression of meaning shown visually through videos referenced from external sources, which are inextricably attached to the claim, argument, sentence, or text snippet (video with audio does not count as two distinct features). Formats include: MP4, MOV, MKV, and others. 
  • the expression of meaning articulated through audio referenced from external sources, which are inextricably attached to the claim, argument, sentence, or text snippet (audio with video does not count as two distinct features). Formats include: MP3, WAV, AIFF, AU, PCM, and others. 
  • contextual explainer paragraphs which provide more broad context of the claim, argument, sentence, or text snippet itself or its connection with adjacent content. 

“Web-based conceptual portmanteau” was invented in order to convey the more precise meaning of claims, arguments, text snippets, and sentences for the purpose of enabling comprehension and understanding in an educational context. 

We believe that the future of text includes a compound, multi-media representation of a claim which may be expressed as features in a package, such as our “node” structure. Text is two dimensional, but with the capabilities enabled by web-based technologies, the future of text can be multidimensional. 

The Future of Text || – Future Text Publishing

Embedded Definitions

Variant Phrases of Similar/Different Registers

The Expression of Meaning Shown Visually Through Images

The Expression of Meaning Shown Visually Through Videos

The Expression of Meaning Articulated Through Audio

Contextual Explainer Paragraphs

Image credit: The Future of Text || – Future Text Publishing

Show, Don’t Tell

They wrote up a case study that goes into more depth, but I want to highlight how the informational scrolling pages they built (nicknamed “scrollytelling”) quite literally highlights the important information, providing relevant linked content to learn more, add citations, or inject some additional personality. The pages blend embedded interactive content to engage you as a reader, video, images, and text. It’s a compelling way to present Warren’s story.

Show, Don’t Tell | CSS-Tricks – CSS-Tricks

Further reading,

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Published by Ryan Boren

#ActuallyAutistic retired technologist turned wannabe-sociologist. Equity literate education, respectfully connected parenting, passion-based learning, indie ed-tech, neurodiversity, social model of disability, design for real life, inclusion, open web, open source. he/they