January 30, 2007
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Let's stretch

Nate Matias's Tinderbox Stretchtext Writing System is terrific and has lots of features. But how might we use stretchtext in everyday hypertexts, like this one?

Let's make a Tinderbox macro. For example, I often like to quote things like this:

TERENCE, this is stupid stuff:
You eat your victuals fast enough;
There can’t be much amiss, ’tis clear,
To see the rate you drink your beer.
But oh, good Lord, the verse you make,
It gives a chap the belly-ache.

When I'm writing, I don’t want to worry about formatting — and over the years, the way formatting works keeps changing. So, I just use a Tinderbox macro

^do(quote,'Terence, this is stupid stuff...')

and the macro remembers whether we're using <blockquote> or <div class="quotation"> or whatever, this year.

So, how might stretchtext work? I think we’ll want three arguments:

So, we'll say

^do(stretch,poem,Pretty friendship,'tis to rhyme/Your friends to death before their time.)

and we'll have a nice little stretchtext element to remind us of Shropshire Lad’s poem .