ERIC Number: ED388231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Standardizing "HyperVocabulary": A Proposal.
Vocabulary used to describe things that are "hyper" is very confusing. This paper discusses four factor which contribute to the confusion: the same idea is often described using different terms; even though people sometimes use the same terms, quite often they are referring to different ideas; people tend to confuse "hyperdocuments" with electronic documents; and the relationship among definitions of the vocabulary is often inconsistent. In addition, a set of standardized definitions is proposed. They include: (1) (sequential) text: documents presenting text to be used in a sequential manner; (2) hypertext: documents presenting text to be used in a nonsequential and/or sequential manner; (3) multimedia: documents presenting media to be used in a sequential manner; and (4) hypermedia: documents presenting media to be used in a nonsequential and/or sequential manner. The establishment of these definitions is based on three characteristics of documents: linearity, modality, and singularity. The three characteristics reflect the use of the terms "hyper,""medium," and "multi," respectively. Examples and comparisons of different types of documents are discussed. Four figures illustrate concepts. (Contains 12 references.) (Author/MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 1994. Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 94--World Conference on Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 25-30, 1994); see IR 017 359.