Using discourse to aid hypertext navigation

Robert Inder, Jon Oberlander

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Hyper-media is about following links, but this obliges readers to track what they have and have not seen. Navigating within a document can be a significant task, which, if not done well enough, can leave one ‘lost in hyperspace’. Displaying the structure of a hyper-document is one way of helping readers move through it. But we have adopted an alternative approach, as advocated by Neilsen [1]. Guided by ideas from Discourse Theory, we are trying to recognise the structure of the reader's own interaction with the system. We have created DS-Info, an enhanced version of the Info hypertext system within the Emacs editor. DS-Info uses the distinction between structural and cross-structural links to identify topics and digressions. We are currently empirically evaluating DS-Info. Preliminary results are encouraging.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSymbiosis of Human and ArtifactFuture Computing and Design for Human-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, (HCI International '95)
EditorsKatsuhiko Ogawa Yuichiro Anzai, Hirohiko Mori
Pages295 - 300
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Event6th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 9 Jul 199514 Jul 1995

Publication series

NameAdvances in Human Factors/Ergonomics


Conference6th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction


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