Multimedia and Hypertext

The Internet and Beyond


  • Jakob Nielsen, Nielsen Norman Group, Fremont, CA, U.S.A.

Based on his best-selling HyperText and HpyerMedia, Jakob Nielsen takes hypertext a step further--to the Internet. Multimedia and Hypertext: The Internet and Beyond explores new and developing applications in multimedia and hypertext as well as offering coverage of the use of HTML (hypertext markup language) and the World Wide Web with interfaces such as Mosaic and Netscape.

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Practitioners, technical writers, software developers, engineers, communication and computer science students, graphic designers, sophisticated PC users, and anyone involved in electronic dissemination of information.


Book information

  • Published: February 1995
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-518408-3

Table of Contents

A Multitude of Hypertext and Multimedia
Chapter 1: Defining Hypertext, Hypermedia, and Multimedia
Narrower Definitions of Hypertext
Hypermedia: Multimedia Hypertext
Hypertext and Regular Computer Applications
The Hype about Hypertext
Chapter 2: An Example of a Hypertext System
Chapter 3: The History of Hypertext
Memex (1945)
Augment/NLS (1962-1976)
Xanadu (1965)
Hypertext Editing System (1967) and FRESS (1968)
Aspen Movie Map (1978)
KMS (1983)
Hyperties (1983)
NoteCards (1985)
Symbolics Document Examiner (1985)
Intermedia (1985)
Guide (1986)
HyperCard (1987)
Hypertext Grows Up
Chapter 4: Applications of Hypertext
Computer Applications
Business Applications
Intellectual Applications
Educational Applications
Entertainment and Leisure Applications
Chapter 5: The Architecture of Hypertext Systems
Hypertext Engines
Open Hypertext
Integrating Hypertext Ideas into Other Environments
Chapter 6: Hardware Support for Hypertext
Problems with the Computer Screen
Pointing Devices
Can Text-Only Computers Be Used for Hypertext
CD-ROM as a Storage Device
Chapter 7: Hypertext in the Internet
Accessing Hypertext Through the Internet
The World Wide Web and Mosaic
Hyper-G and Harmony
Half-Dead Hypertext and the Electronic Business Card
Chapter 8: Coping with Information Overload
Information Retrieval
Human Editing
Interest Voting and Readwear
The n of 2n Approach
Chapter 9: Navigating Large Information Spaces
Overview Diagrams
Navigational Dimensions and Metaphors
Chapter 10: Hypertext Usability
Usability Parameters for Hypertext
Survey of Benchmark Research
Non-Benchmark Studies
The Larger Picture
Chapter 11: Multimedia Authoring
Usability for Authors
Separate Interfaces for Writers
Cooperative Authoring
The Authority of the Author
Chapter 12: Repurposing Existing Content
The Manual of Medical therapeutics
Oxford English Dictionary
Chapter 13: The Future of Multimedia and Hypertext
What Happened to the Predictions from my Earlier Book?
Short-Term Future: Three to Five Years
Medium-Term Future: Five to Ten Years
Long-Term Future: Ten to Twenty Years
Hypermedia Publishing: Monopoly or Anarchy?
A Summary: Hypertext versus the Competition
Appendix: Annotated Bibilography
Journals and Magazines
Books about the Internet
Alphabetical Listing of Papers and Books
Far Out Stuff