INTENTS


Introduction


Information
Retrieval

Hypertext


Artifical
Intelligence


The
Internet


Electronic
Publishing

Textual
Encoding for
Humanities
Research

The Thomas
MacGreevy
Hypertext
Chronology

The Thomas
MacGreevy
Archive

The Use of
Electronic
Technology

Short
Biographical
Notes


Related
WWW
Resources

Project
Participants

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Hypertext

Hypertext has been defined as "a combination of natural language text with the computer's capacity for interactive branching, or dynamic display… of a nonlinear text… which cannot be printed conveniently on a conventional page". Early hypertext systems tended to be developed for specialised areas and it was only with the development of Macintosh's Hypercard and the more recent development of the World Wide Web that hypertext and hypermedia became popular. We use the term "hyperdocument" to refer to any information in hypertext form, whether it be in text, image, audio, video, or any other form. Such hyperdocuments will be new information, appearing as articles in electronic journals or on the WWW, for example, or old information converted from standard electronic form into hypertext. With the explosive growth of the WWW and the amount of information available on the Internet, the need to develop applications which are designed to use the flexibility of hypertext and manage the complexity of hyperdocuments becomes critical. For example, there is a need for hypertext technology to be augmented with state of the art research in Information Retrieval and Artificial Intelligence in order that the results of searches through hyperdocuments do not swamp the user with information.

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