ERIC Number: ED411869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Added Value in Electronic Publications.
Bothma, Theo J. D.
Electronic publications are flooding the market. Some of these publications are created specifically for the electronic environment, but many are conversions of existing material to electronic format. It is not worth the time and effort merely to publish existing material in electronic format if no value is added in the conversion process. The processes by means of which value can be added include: the addition of various media such as graphics, sound, animation, and video; the inclusion of tests, games, and guided tours; the possibility of integrating a number of electronic publications; sophisticated access methods by means of hierarchical structuring, navigational aids, and hyperlinking; and sophisticated full-text search facilities. These ways to add value can be grouped together as either related to content or related to the structure of information. Publishers should take care to develop a user-friendly interface, which is both aesthetically pleasing and functional in terms of visual aspects, and gives easy access to the information. An electronic publication should be evaluated on various levels, such as content, and also technological aspects such as structural properties, the various methods provided to gain access to the information, and visual aspects. Meaningful integration of all these elements is essential for the development of a successful electronic publication. (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa