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New features (December 2018)


New content and features in Kairos: In the extesive upgrade of December 2018, opportunity has been taken to add the following:

  • Direct access to images and animations: Accessed via the Visuals menu, this offers access to 6,680 images and 748 animations extracted from the orginal Laetus documents. Asnoted below, the titling of these elements calls for further work. This is in addition to those previously available via the Kairos site, as noted separately.

  • Galleries of images and animations: Also accessed via the Visuals menu, these 433 galleries offer a valuable means of exploring the 7,410 images and animations of the Kairos/Laetus documents in a visual mode -- linked to contextual commentary

  • Transformation metaphors: Available via the Documents menu, a set of 450 documents previously excluded from the Kairos presentation has been rendered accessible (Transformation Metaphors: dialogue, vision, conferencing, policy, network, community and lifestyle). These offer an adaptation of classical Chinese insights into psychosocial transformation. They are interrelated by a set of 972 links.

  • Patterns: Addition of a set of 252 documents adapted from the classical presentation on Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander (Available via the Documents menu). These are interrelated by a set of 3,718 links.

  • Tables: The content of many documents in Laetus is clarified by use of tabular presentations. 1,407 frame the images included above (but with titles), and 796 including only text. Access to both features is available via the Visuals menu.

  • Information reports: Many of the documents on the Laetus were elaborated in relation to work on the computerization of data published in the Yearbook of International Organizations and in the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential. Commentaries on the latter have long been a feaure of the Kairos site. It has been considered historically appropriate to render accessible the annual administrative reports on the process of computerization from the 1960s in a series of 68 documents (Available via the Documents menu). These also offer access to PDF versions of the documents in their original format. The subtitles in the versions accessible have been edited to facilitate understanding of the continuity of preoccupation over decades.

  • Questions: Because of the manner in which the Document selection menu functions, it is notably possible to identify the documents whose titles are framed in the form of a question -- by simply selecting titles which contain "?". This may also be possible via the content selection box.

  • Languages: A facility is now offered on the main menu for translation of a page into a variety of languages, via Google Translate (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese).