Last month I wrote that Every Page is Page One Topics are Everywhere, and I listed the principle characteristics of such topic as I see them. I said I would write in more depth about each of these characteristics. This is the first of those posts, on the standalone property of EPPO topics.
The word standalone is open to many interpretations. I have written before on what standalone means from the point of view of an authoring system and made a distinction between a chunk of content being able to exist alone (inside a CMS, for instance) and it being able to function alone for the reader. Here I want to look at what it means for a topic to function alone.