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The Contribution of Hypermedia Link Authoring

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Linking, when properly executed, enhances the value of content by providing a consistent perspective and organizational scheme that enriches the user's experience. Link authoring, like content authoring, is a creative process of making connections between disparate yet related information. Effective link authoring requires intellect, creativity, and domain knowledge to define the relationships among concepts that can support a particular pedagogical objective. The contribution of hypermedia link authoring is often poorly understood and unrecognized by traditional academic and publishing communities. Publishers of commercial and academic hypermedia typically neither formally recognize link authoring as something that should be protected by copyright, nor do they extend to those involved in link authoring the same degree of credit or remuneration given conventional content authors or illustrators. However, with the recent explosive growth in hypermedia publishing via the World Wide Web, CD-ROM, and other digital forms, the significance of link authoring is becoming more apparent. Clearly, a new paradigm is in order, one that recognizes the contribution of link authoring in the communication of thoughts, emotions, and information.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 1997

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