By Wendy Hall, Hugh Davis, Gerard Hutchings

Rethinking Hypermedia: The Microcosm Approach is largely the tale of the Microcosm hypermedia learn and improvement venture that begun within the overdue 1980's and from which has emerged a philosophy that re-examines the complete notion of hypermedia and its position within the evolution of multimedia info platforms. The e-book offers the whole tale of Microcosm so far. It units the advance of Microcosm within the context of the background of the topic from which it developed, in addition to the advancements within the wider global of know-how over the past 20 years together with own computing, high-speed communications, and the expansion of the net. those all lead us in the direction of a global of world built-in info environments: the publishing revolution of the twentieth century, in precept making titanic quantities of knowledge to be had to anyone at any place on this planet.
Rethinking Hypermedia: The Microcosm Approach explains the function that open hypermedia platforms and hyperlink prone will play within the built-in details environments of the longer term. It considers concerns similar to authoring, legacy structures and knowledge integrity concerns, and appears past the easy hypertext version supplied within the World broad Web and different structures this day to the area of clever info processing brokers that would support us take care of the issues of data overload and upkeep.
Rethinking Hypermedia: The Microcosm Approach may be of curiosity to all people who are concerned with designing, enforcing and holding hypermedia platforms resembling the realm extensive net through atmosphere the foundation for generating a method that's either effortless to take advantage of and straightforward to keep up. Rethinking Hypermedia: The Microcosm Approach is vital studying for a person thinking about the availability of on-line information.

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This is a very powerful feature. 38 Chapter 3 Links in Read-Only Data In a co-operative environment a user may wish to allow other users to view data, but not to edit it. If a system requires that link anchors be inserted in the data then it will not be possible for the other users to create links in the user's data. By keeping the link anchors separately this becomes possible. This becomes even more useful when the data exists on a CD-ROM, videodisc or other read-only medium. Alternative Webs If link anchor information is embedded in the data, then all link anchors created by all users must be stored within the data.

This approach makes it possible to: • integrate third party applications easily; • generalize links; • make links in read-only data; • maintain alternative sets of links (webs); • build and use link-processing tools. Each of these facilities will be considered below. Third-Party Application Integration Inserting anchor identifiers into the node component data, as required by most other systems, would corrupt the data from the point of view of the source application. Maintaining anchors outside the data makes it possible for the application to continue to act as the data viewer and editor.

At this point our story essentially splits into three parallel strands. Whilst the world was building its HyperCard stacks, the hypertext research community was continuing to explore the development of hypertext systems that handle information on a large scale and in distributed environments. In the late 1980s work began to crystallize on: • standards and reference models for hypertext systems and information exchange (such as HyTime and Dexter); • hypertext on the Internet (such as the World Wide Web and Hyper-G); • the development of open hypermedia systems.

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