Hyperlinks = maps = relationships?

Subject: Hyperlinks = maps = relationships?
From: Geoff Hart <Geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 13:15:54 -0400

David Locke continued the discussion of mapping with the
observation <<So maybe, in our hypertext systems, we need to
stop thinking about jumps (link) as just a way to move from one
paragraph (node) to another, and start thinking about jumps as

Makes sense to me. That's the sort of thing we try to do with
image maps and tables of contents, but those tools seem relatively
static and uninteresting. Anyone else want to pick up the thread
and explore it? Sample topics to get the ball rolling:
- what are the main failures of hyperlinks, and how could
understanding the underlying "map relationship" improve our
- what is the difference between a hyperlink that simply jumps you
to another position, vs. one that expresses a relationship?
- are image maps better at showing relationships than text links?

I'm looking forward to seeing more of this!

--Geoff Hart @8^{)} Pointe-Claire, Quebec
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca

"Though the editor is the author's ally, she should never forget that
she is also the reader's first line of defense."--Shoshanna Green

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