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HYPERTEXT I: Theory into Practice 1988-03-17

Fullname:Hypertext I: Theory into Practice
Editors:Ray McAleese
Location:University of Aberdeen, U.K.
Dates:1988-Mar-17 to 1988-Mar-18
Publisher:Blackwell Scientific Publications, Ablex
Standard No:ISBN 0-89391-575-0; QA 76.76.H94M38 1989; hcibib: HYPUK88
Overview and Questions for Readers BIBA 1-5
  Ray McAleese
A brief survey of the chapters in the book and the general themes that emerge. A number of questions are suggested that readers should bear in mind when reading the book.
Navigation and Browsing in Hypertext BIBA 6-44
  Ray McAleese
The ability to browse and navigate through hypertext documents is examined along with explanations of the nature of browsing. It is argued that browsing is central to effective hypertext systems and that a variety of tools are required to assist the user make most effective use of the freedom to choose where to go next. Navigation is distinguished from browsing and examples of browsing in NoteCards are given.
Collaborative Writing in NoteCards BIBA 45-61
  Randall H. Trigg; Lucy A. Suchman
A description of the NoteCards hypertext system and its development with collaborative notefiles. The chapter explains the nature of hypertext collaboration with the development of message cards. Implications for hypertext designers are drawn.
A Learning Support Environment: The Hitch-Hiker's Guide BIBA 62-74
  Lesley Allinson; Nick Hammond
The philosophy, realisation and evaluation of a learning support environment for non-formal knowledge domains is described. Emphasis is placed on the need to provide a variety of access structures and on the use of a travel holiday metaphor as a means of helping users understand the system model.
Glasgow Online: Database Development using Apple's HyperCard BIBA 75-92
  Patricia Baird; Mark Percival
This chapter will examine the problems of creating a hypertext system of community information. Managing the complexity of the system and providing connections throughout to meet the information needs of a broad spectrum of users can only be accomplished by a process of continual tracking during and after development. Several evaluation exercises have been undertaken to assess whether database design, presentation of information, link establishment, etc. are sufficient to meet the needs of the broad spectrum of users which is the target audience of Glasgow Online. There are difficulties in presenting a computer-supported information environment for a variety of users, many of whom are non-computer literate.
Design Issues in Large Hypertext Systems for Technical Documentation BIBA 93-104
  Peter Cooke; Ian Williams
With the advent of commercial hypertext software products, designers are addressing the problems of adapting this new technology to complex documentation systems. The challenge is twofold: to extend the hypertext technology so that it meets user needs in a variety of contexts; and to integrate the technology with conventional paper-based systems. Rather than address the related design issues from a theoretical viewpoint, this paper reflects recent experience in developing several complex systems for the engineering industry.
'Lost in Hyperspace': Cognitive Mapping and Navigation in a Hypertext Environment BIBA 105-125
  Deborah M. Edwards; Lynda Hardman
This chapter describes an experiment which looks at how readers of a hypertext cognitively represent its structure. A database of information was formed into three different hypertext structures and presented to readers, who answered a series of questions about the information contained in the hypertext. The way the readers found the answers to the questions, and how they layed out a representation of the hypertext structure was recorded. Evidence gained from this data points to the formation of a spatial cognitive map by readers, which has implications for the structure of a hypertext and the types of navigation tools that should be provided.
Human Factors Engineering and Interface Development: A Hypertext Tool Aiding Prototyping Activity BIBA 126-137
  S. J. Harland
A description and evaluation of the use of hypertext in a prototyping activity for display design. Guide is described as being used in three modes of activity: task analytic, system development and human factors engineering.
The Authoring of HyperText Documents BIBA 138-147
  Cliff McKnight; John Richardson; Andrew Dillon
Although it is assumed that hypertext systems allow the reader to add links to a document, several developments (e.g. the need for document integrity, the distribution of free programs which allow read-only access to documents) suggest that this assumption might not have widespread validity. Hence, the onus will be on the document's author to provide links sufficient to support the reader's task. As a means of assisting authors, we propose and discuss the establishing of a document taxonomy, and describe some experiences gained in the authoring of hypertext documents.
The Alvey DHSS Large Demonstrator Project KNowledge Analysis Tool: KANT BIBA 148-156
  Graham Storrs
KANT is a knowledge analysis tool that has been developed as part of an Alvey collaborative project. The application has been for the Department of Health and Social Security in the UK. KANT supports procedures for knowledge analysis to facilitate the translation of paper source into hypertext.
A Faceted Approach to Hypertext? BIBA 157-163
  Elizabeth B. Duncan
Hypertext is a 'technology' which can be exploited to utilise some basic principles in information science, such as facet analysis, to structure knowledge. Knowledge bases built on the principles outlined below, using hypertext, will help users to explore information in a more flexible way than is possible with conventional text.
Towards Intelligent Hypertext BIBA 164-172
  M. R. Kibby; J. T. Mayes
StrathTutor, a hypertext system designed for tutoring applications, is described. The system has a routing algorithm based on work by Hintzman on human memory that facilitates the user in making jumps for one frame to another. The routing algorithm which is based on attributes and pattern matching is described.