web, schmeb, give me a hierarchy

Frank Kappe (fkappe@fiicmds04.tu-graz.ac.at)
Sat, 22 Aug 92 12:33:57 +0200

Date: Sat, 22 Aug 92 12:33:57 +0200
From: fkappe@fiicmds04.tu-graz.ac.at (Frank Kappe)
Message-Id: <9208221033.AA24442@iicm.tu-graz.ac.at>
To: emv@msen.com
Cc: www-talk@nxoc01.cern.ch
In-Reply-To: Edward Vielmetti's message of Thu, 20 Aug 92 13:17:26 EDT <m0mLG8n-0009bqC@nigel.msen.com>
Subject: web, schmeb, give me a hierarchy

>>>>> On Thu, 20 Aug 92 13:17:26 EDT, Edward Vielmetti <emv@msen.com> said:

Ed> a frustrating experience I want to relate...

Ed> ...

Ed> the www stuff is organized in directories that make some sense.  I
Ed> would like to browse through them that way, ploddingly and
Ed> methodically, just like I can plow through gopherspace and examine
Ed> each document in turn.  I don't see a good way to do that, and it's
Ed> frustrating.

What you tell us is part of the disorientation problem frequently reported by
hypertext users ("lost in hyperspace"). In my opinion, the solution you propose
- adding a hierarchical view of the docuverse like in gopherspace - makes a lot
of sense. Therefore Hyper-G, the hypermedia system that we are currently
developing offers not only a pure hypertext user interface metaphor, but
combines it with a hierarchy of browsable and searchable "collections" and
so-called "guided tours" where you can follow trails you or anybody else has
previously defined.