Twin Media

Twin Media : Hypertext Structure Under Pressure

David Kolb

Bates College

dkolb@bates.edu

207 782 6817

Abstract:

This hypertext reports on issues in hypertext rhetoric and presentation that arise in composing a large argumentative hypertext that is associated with a book version of the same project. It concerns not the old navigation problem for the lost reader, but the construction problem for the uncertain author. The essay discusses link patterns and the pressure of book upon the structure of the hypertext. A hypertext does not need to be associated with a book to feel these pressures from our habits with other media. How can a long expository hypertext be made accessible, and argue for its views, without sacrificing the virtues of hypertextual presentation? The essay attempts to exemplify as well as discuss these issues.