Printed text is designed to be linear. We begin at the beginning, and proceed to the end. This is a good strategy while building a base of knowledge on a topic. Once that base is built, the strategy shifts to filling in the holes and selectively expanding what we know. This is non-linear learning. The index and the reference manual meet this need in print. The computer is optimized for non-linearity, and the early development of hypertext is the best example. The brain's internal wiring is non-linear. Our thinking constantly branches off in diverse directions as incoming information is processed. We can take advantage of this to defeat information overload.
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Network that connects text through automatic, non-linear real-time linking. Features an FAQ, personal configuration and a discussion forum.
The Big Picture
Visual Browsing in Web and non-Web Databases. Directory of projects, research, products, and services.
Bill Kennelly's History of Hypertext
This site is about the people, systems and key events in the evolution of hypertext.
Doug Englebart Institute
The Institute's Mission is to cultivate a knowledge environment which includes a shared dynamic knowledge repository; to foster development of an open platform information system infrastructure, based on an Open Hyperdocument Systems (OHS) framework; and to share the A-B-C's of Bootstrapping and support co-evolution of human organizations and their tools
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