ERIC Number: ED332175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Hypertext: A Tool for Academic Exploration.
This paper presents background information about the development and functions of hypertext and predicts future changes in converting text into hypertext. The paper describes hypertext as a computer system that allows the interconnection of information in a way that is "transparent" (does not intrude on or interfere with the reader's concentration) and is "intuitive" (functioning in the way humans are used to working instead of forcing them into a rigid framework). The paper compares the basic functional unit of the hypertext system to the multidimensional constructions of the human mind because both are fragmentary in effect and do not function in a linear mode. In speculating about future developments, the paper suggests, however, that hypertext should not replace conventional linear exposition, but that the skill of linking fragments will be of equal importance in writing and that the writer will be thought of as a "knowledge engineer." (Four figures are included.) (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Mapping; Writing Contexts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Humanities and Technology Association (13th, Atlanta, GA, October 19-20, 1989).