Topic: problems with writing hypertext

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writing hypertext
hypertext rhetoric
intertextuality and hypertext
problems with fragmentation in hypertext


Associations can be arbitrary and complex. Large numbers of associations-- what is relevant?

When writing, how should new thought be linked? Should links summarize the target or define the relationship between the two? Is a node fully linked into the network? These questions slow down the writing process.

Poetry's intertextuality is like hypertext. Poetry is difficult to read and write. Hypertext links may prematurely fix the structure of text. (cbb 6/89)

Subtopic: mental associations lost up

Quote: little evidence for the helpfullness of Hypertext trails [»vandA7_1988]
Quote: Hypertext links become complex and mental associations are forgotten [»sandE1_1987]

Subtopic: premature structure up

Quote: the static network of Hypertext links causes premature organization of rapidly changing information [»halaFG7_1988]
Quote: NoteCards structures tend to be out of date with respect to user's current understanding of the information [»halaFG7_1988]
Quote: structure arises out of the grouping of similar items and intergroup relationships; and not from hypertext links between items [»kaplSJ7_1990]

Subtopic: cognitive overhead up

Quote: Hypertext links require 'cognitive overhead' to create, name and keep track [»conkJ9_1987]
Quote: cognitive overhead since an association requires finding a word or phrase to summarize or suggest it or its relationship [»conkJ9_1987]
Quote: if Hypertext links embedded in text then phrases must fit; if linearization the phrase must be ordered correctly [»akscRM7_1988a]

Subtopic: what is defined? up

Quote: need to identify the word to be defined, e.g., 'digging out' [»raymDR7_1988]

Subtopic: authoring slow up

Quote: ZOG networks are time consuming to create; about five frames/hour
Quote: authoring pictorial documents is demanding and time-consuming [»feinS1_1982]

Subtopic: avoid links up

Quote: rapid searching and dynamic fragmentation reduces the need for explicit links

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Topic: writing hypertext (13 items)
Topic: hypertext rhetoric (17 items)
Topic: intertextuality and hypertext (11 items)
Topic: problems with fragmentation in hypertext
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