Use Cases

The overriding goal of adding Visual-Meta is to be a simple way to preserve metadata to enable these basic initial uses cases, as described below, but also to retain the flexibility to retain metadata from the manuscript to allow for future interactions.

Copy As Citation

The primary initial use case is in academia to augment citing. A researcher or student downloads a journal article which has (or receives on download) Visual-Meta. This allows the student to copy as citation into the document they are authoring.

This citation will be error free and will enable other augmentations, such as the one described next:

Click on Citation

Click on a citation in the body of a document, such as marked with [1] or {1} etc. to see a pop-up of the full Reference information instead of having to scroll to the end of the document every time. This is enabled by Visual-Meta by having a known location and format for the References.

Defining When Learning & Glossary

The user can define key terms as they learn them, right in the document, constructing an intentional concept map, while also performing the mental actions to improve their mental map, as implemented currently in Author as a demonstration.

The defined terms will then be exported in a Visual-Meta Augmented Glossary Appendix which the reader can view in full at the end of the document. Depending on implementation in the reader software, the glossary definitions can appear as part of Find/Search terms as well as on mouse over and so on.

Flexible Views

By adding Visual-Meta structural information, such as where the headings are in the document, it becomes possible to do basic things like instantly folding the document into a Table of Contents, as well as more advanced operations like exploding the document into graphs.


The documents should surface the content, including the values of graphs and charts, for servers to be able the data directly.