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BBC News Online Wikiproxy

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Ben Hammersley points us to Stef’s Wikiproxy of BBC News Online which, among other things, links all Capitalised Phrases to their associated entry in Wikipedia, as exemplified in Creepy man wants to lead bunch of nutters.

Stef says he built the Wikiproxy to fix BBC News Online’s lack of inline links and narrow selection of related links in sidebars. It’s pretty successful in that and shows the BBC suits how hypertext should work. That said, I remember the hullabaloo when Microsoft proposed doing the same thing with Smart Tags (although ‘we’ all presumed Smart Tags would be used for advertising purposes rather than something as edifying as Wikipedia.)