Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 663.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 18:36:49 +0000
From: Gerry McKiernan <gerrymck@IASTATE.EDU>
Subject: Reader-Designated HyperLinking In/Between/Among E-Journals
In the process of reading/re-reading Web sites describing Ted Nelson's
Project Xanadu , e.g.,
Professorial Home Page of Ted Nelson
Project Xanadu [ http://www.xanadu.net/ ]
Ted Nelson and Xanadu
[ http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/elab/hfl0155.html ]
I was struck by a description of the 'Parallel Textface' component of
Project Xanadu in a Web essay entitled "The World Wide Web: The Beginning
and Now" prepared by Matt Kazmierski
[ http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mattkaz/history/hypertext2.html ].
In his brief overview, Kazmierski noted that the 'Parallel Textface' was
"unique because it _allowed a *user* to create links between documents_ even
if they were *not* related [emphasis added].
In considering this statement, it occurred to be that if would be quite
beneficial for a reader of an e-article to have the ability to create
*personalized* links between segments of an article, and/or to do the same
across articles in the same journal and/or provided by the same publisher,
and/or to e-journal provided by *other* publishers.
[In a way, this would be a very advanced form of an e-journal Annotation
feature within what I call the 'Eclectic Journal'
[ http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Web4Lib/archive/0101/0131.html ]]
One could imagine a functionality that would allow a user to mark a section
of text in one e-article then to do the same in another e-article and then
to automatically create a link between the two segments by an appropriate
right-hand mouse selection and click and/or appropriate keyboard command
[One could also imagine hyperlinking text to one (or more) multimedia
objects (e.g., a QuickTime movie))
I'd be interested in learning if such 'Reader-Designated HyperLinking'
in some form or other, particularly in any existing e-journal or one
currently being designed or revamped. I would also be interested in learning
about any literature or technology relevant to the concept of
As Always, Any and All contributions, suggestions, critiques, compliments,
complaints, queries, Cosmic Insights, etc. are Most Welcome!
Iowa State University
Ames IA 50011
Don't Confuse Ability with Opportunity nor Opportunity with Ability.
BTW: Ted Nelson is credited with coining the word 'hypertext'
and Xanadu is considered by some as an inspiration for the World Wide Web,
[ http://www.callnetuk.com/home/billkennelly/who.htm ] ]
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