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Multimedia and Hypertext - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125184083, 9780080512228

Multimedia and Hypertext

1st Edition

The Internet and Beyond

Author: Jakob Nielsen
Paperback ISBN: 9780125184083
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 27th February 1995
Page Count: 480
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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



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.

Key Features

  • Includes a large number of richly illustrated examples of a wide variety of new hypermedia systems.
    * Provides a range of strategies for overcoming information overload.
    * Thorougly discusses a number of new applications, including distribution of hypertext tools via the Internet.
    * Explains copyright issues for users and develeopers, and usability issues for hypertext.
    * Forecasts the future of the field in the long and short term.


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


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About the Author

Jakob Nielsen

Called the world's leading expert on Web usability by US News and World Report, Jakob Nielsen today serves as user advocate and principal of the Nielsen Norman Group. In the course of a career in which he held influential positions at Sun Microsystems, Bellcore, and IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center, Nielsen founded the "discount usability engineering" movement for fast and cheap improvements of user interfaces and invented several usability methods, including heuristic evaluation. He holds 58 US patents, many of which focus on ways to make the Internet easier to use. He has written the Alertbox column on Web usability since 1995 and is the author of Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity and Usability Engineering, plus eight other books.

Affiliations and Expertise

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