K.U.Leuven - Departement toegepaste economische wetenschappen
DTEW Research Report 9802 pages:1-49
The advantages of hypermedia systems are often depicted in comparison to the rigid linear structure of a book. In this paper, both a hypermedia application model and a browsing method are presented that combine the best of both worlds; while holding on to the modelling richness and navigational freedom of hypertext, the use of a (partially) linear browsing strategy like in books greatly helps to reduce user disorientation. First we situate hypermedia within the general context of data storage and retrieval systems. We then address shortcomings of currant hypermedia applications and suggest how imposing a linear path upon the data results into a new navigational paradigm that improves orientation and ease of navigation in a hypermedia environment. After that, we deploy a hyperbase model that supports this new view of browsing and describe the framework for an accessory application. As a conclusion, n overview is provided of the advantages this methodology offers, both for the application developer and for the end user.