• Arno Scharl
Part of the Applied Computing book series (APPLCOMP)


The definitions presented in the following sections represent a hierarchical structure, which is depicted in Figure 1.1. To analyze this semantic hierarchy, the chapter starts with the delineation of text as the most general term, a description of its characteristic metaphysics, and an analysis of the observable media influences on written textual material. The wide range of this material is then divided into two categories, identifying the reader’s non-trivial efforts to traverse the text as the essential quality of ergodic literature. These efforts distinguish hypertext as one specific form of ergodic literature and its applications from traditional (broadcast) media. The focus on distributed hypertext systems implies that other forms of ergodic literature such as computer-generated narratives, textual game genres, or participatory simulations are not considered in this book. The history of hypertext research is presented, describing the sequence of ideas, prototypes, and implementations until the early 1990s, when prior efforts culminated in the specification of the World Wide Web. Evolving so quickly that previous versions become obsolete within a few years, the World Wide Web provides a dynamic and distributed platform for interactive business applications.


World Wide Internet Engineer Task Force Document Type Definition Navigational System Representational Capacity 
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© Springer-Verlag London 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arno Scharl
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  1. 1.Department of Information SystemsUniversity of Economics and Business AdministrationViennaAustria

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