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Hypermedia and cognition: designing for comprehension

Hypermedia and cognition: designing for comprehension Hypermedia and Cognition: Designing for Comprehension rom the beginning, hypermedia application design has been driven primarily by technological innovations and constrained by technical feasibility. For the last few years, however, usability methods and results from human factors research have been gaining more influence [17]. Despite this trend toward user-oriented development procedures, issues of cognition and human information processing still are widely neglected and barely influence hypermedia design. M a n f r e d T h ü r i n g , a n d J ö r g J ö r g M . H a n n e m a n n , H a a k e To discuss the relationship between cognition and hypermedia, it is necessary to distinguish between two kinds of applications: œOne encourages those who wish to wander through large clouds of information, gathering knowledge along the way. The other is more directly tied to specific problem-solving, and is quite structured and perhaps even constrained  [20, p. 119]. Applications of the first type appear as browsable databases ”or hyperbases ”that can be freely explored by a reader. In contrast, applications of the second type take the shape of electronic documents http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Communications of the ACM Association for Computing Machinery

Hypermedia and cognition: designing for comprehension

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Association for Computing Machinery
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Copyright © 1995 by ACM Inc.
ISSN
0001-0782
DOI
10.1145/208344.208348
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Abstract

Hypermedia and Cognition: Designing for Comprehension rom the beginning, hypermedia application design has been driven primarily by technological innovations and constrained by technical feasibility. For the last few years, however, usability methods and results from human factors research have been gaining more influence [17]. Despite this trend toward user-oriented development procedures, issues of cognition and human information processing still are widely neglected and barely influence hypermedia design. M a n f r e d T h ü r i n g , a n d J ö r g J ö r g M . H a n n e m a n n , H a a k e To discuss the relationship between cognition and hypermedia, it is necessary to distinguish between two kinds of applications: œOne encourages those who wish to wander through large clouds of information, gathering knowledge along the way. The other is more directly tied to specific problem-solving, and is quite structured and perhaps even constrained  [20, p. 119]. Applications of the first type appear as browsable databases ”or hyperbases ”that can be freely explored by a reader. In contrast, applications of the second type take the shape of electronic documents

Journal

Communications of the ACMAssociation for Computing Machinery

Published: Aug 1, 1995

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