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Summary: Nelson’s “A File Structure for the Complex, the Changing and the Indeterminate”

T.H. Nelson proposes the development of the Evolutionary List File (ELF), a file structure characterized by “the capacity for intricate and idiosyncratic arrangements, total modifiability, undecided alternatives, and thorough internal documentation” (84). Built of zippered files, the ELF would fulfill user needs for personal filing and manuscript assembly. Among the ELF’s specifications are “the ability … Continue reading