Quotations are the heart of Thesa. They capture an idea from an article or book that is new or interesting. The topics provide access to these ideas. The references provide the sources.
A quotation has a descriptive title, a source reference, and links to one or more topics of related quotations. A quotation is from a few sentences to a paragraph in length. Quotations are from books, published articles, and technical reports. In some cases, notes may be taken from talks, trade journals, and notebooks.
Each quotation has a descriptive title, usually one or two lines of text. The title is a headnote that captures the important idea of the quotation. The reader uses the title to decide whether or not a quotation may be relevant.
Seven words is enough to identify most quotations in Google. Each quotation has two Google links to handle common phrases and misspellings.
Thesa uses the following conventions:
- Quotations elide text with "..." and add clarifications between brackets (e.g., '[Andrew File System]"). If elided text covers a substantial gap, a new page reference is inserted between brackets (e.g., '... [p. 345] It appears').
- Paragraph breaks and tabbing are ignored.
- Accents are dropt.
- Bullets are indicated by a '@' character.
- Math expressions are spelled out as necessary (e.g.., ".alpha."). Subscripts are indicated with '_', superscripts with '^'.
- Font styles other than bold and italic (e.g., small caps) are represented by single quotes.