Hypertext and Cognition

Minor ink marks in text. 1996 Trade Paperback. 175 pp. The recent evolution of western societies has been characterized by an increasing emphasis on information and communication. As the amount of available information increases, however, the user -- worker, student, citizen -- faces a new problem: selecting and accessing relevant information. More than ever it is crucial to find efficient ways for users to interact with information systems in a way that prevents them from being overwhelmed or simply missing their targets. As a result, hypertext systems have been developed as a means of facilitating the interactions between readers and text. In hypertext, information is organized as a network in which nodes are text chunks (e.g., lists of items, paragraphs, pages) and links are relationships between the nodes (e.g., semantic associations, expansions, definitions, examples -- virtually any kind of relation that can be imagined between two text passages). Unfortunately, the many ways in which these hypertext interfaces can be designed has caused a complexity that extends far beyond the processing abilities of regular users. Therefore, it has become widely recognized that a more rational approach based on a thorough analysis of information users' needs, capacities, capabilities, and skills is needed. This volume seeks to meet that need.

Title: Hypertext and Cognition

Author: Rouet, Jean-Francois; Levonen, Jarmo J.; Dillon, Andrew & Spiro, Rand J. - editor

Categories: Psychology,

Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: 1996

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: 1518783