The original goal for the hypertext

I set out my original ideas for the interaction of the book and the hypertext parts of the project in a talk to KMI at the Open University.

There I pointed out that the easiest ways of making a complex argument available in hypertext tends to move the text toward linear structures that did not take full advantage of the possibilities of linked text. I argued that what the hypertext could do was to present the argument, but also use linkage and juxtaposition to make the reader's engagement with the argument more creative, self-conscious, and self-critical.

My experience developing the project has shown that my worries about influence from the book version were justified, but that creating successful self-consciousness-raising maneuvers is more difficult than I had hoped.