ERIC Number: ED477044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
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Summarizing Links: Issues and Interfaces.
Kmiec, Angela; Pinchback, Melissa Piper; Rebelsky, Samuel A.
At the center of hypertext is the link, an active connection from part of one document to another document (or part of that document). In the early days of the World Wide Web, it was easy for readers to identify the links on the page: the unvisited links appeared in blue and underlined, the visited links appeared in red or purple and underlined. With the advent of advanced formatting techniques, such as cascading style sheets, links appear in different ways on different pages. These changes may make pages appear more appealing, but they also make it harder for readers to engage in a key hypertext reading activity, identifying and selecting the most relevant links. At the same time, even easily identifiable links provide readers with very little accompanying information as to why the link is there and where it leads. This paper describes ongoing research in providing readers with additional access to links and information about those links. It revisits in more detail the need to provide links in a consistent and clear manner, considers ways to make links more useful to readers without affecting the design of a page, suggests techniques for adding information to links, and describes a tool the authors built that permits readers to obtain a summary of the links available on each page they visit. (Author)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Interfaces, Computer System Design, Hypermedia, Internet, Screen Design (Computers), User Needs (Information), World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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