Digital textuality is processable

Because Digital Text takes the form of codes, rather than physical marks, those codes permit it to be processed in various ways.

Searchable Text

For example, one can search e-text for letters and other characters, words, or various groups of them.

Analyzable Text

One can also take advantage of such code-based textuality to check the spelling, grammar, and style of digital text -- often with somewhat mixed results.

Text as Simulation

Move the code, and make the text move to show things impossible to present with a static image or text. Such capacities permit one to argue by demonstratingthings often too difficult to show easily with linguistic argument.

  • Examples: Art Gallery CD-ROM

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Last updated: 20 July 2002