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Models for hypertext

By Mark F. Frisse and Steve B. Cousins

Abstract

Features characteristic of hypertext are no longer the providence of specialized hypertext systems. Interfaces exhibiting the “power of linking ” can be found in soft-ware ranging from document preparation programs to operating systems, providing users with many new ap proaches to individual and group information manage-ment. To take advantage of the new opportunities afforded by this migration, it is important to understand hypertext at representation levels beneath the more superficial aspects of the human-computer interface. Three abstract models for hypertext-representative members of a spectrum of popular formalisms-are pre-sented to provide insight into the meaning and potential of hypertext. Each model represents a different level in the design-decision process necessary for effective hy-pertext development, and each model plays an impor-tant role in development and use of information management software exhibiting hypertext features. Hypertext provides new methods for organizing and presenting information. The technology has been em-ployed to facilitate personal information management, improve use of large information resources, and coordi-nate complex planning tasks. Support for hypertexts and related systems is motivated by a belief that hyper-text can provide more efficient and personalized access to text by complementing the global search techniques of traditional information retrieval systems with focal navigation based on meaningful inter- and intradocu-ment connections or “links ” identified by other means. Informally, hypertext is simply a collection of modu-lar text elements and a set of inter- and intraelement relationships that can be ordered in many ways and used to satisfy a broad range of personalized informa-tion needs. More formally, hypertext is: (1) a database of text; (2) a semantic net which connects text compo-nents; and (3) tools for creating and manipulating this combination of text and semantic net (Conklin, 1987

Year: 1992
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