Rich Hypertext: A Foundation for Improved Interaction Techniques: Abstract

Hypertext has broader applications than being just an information browsing method. Hypertext is a framework which allows for a powerful structuring of large amounts of information. Using hypertext concepts, it is possible to model data in such a way that users can manipulate this information in many different ways, and at different levels of abstraction. In this paper the relationship between the internal representation and the external presentations is discussed. In particular, it is illustrated how a well designed internal representation serves as a foundation for specialized interactions, which can be tailored to specific application areas, primarily by taking the underlying types of information into account. The hypertext interaction approach proposed in this paper has been shaped by our experience with a prototype, which has been operational since 1993.

Published in International Journal on Human Computer Studies (1995), 43 , 301-321

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