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Trigg and Gronbaek, From Web to Workplace

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Most hypertext tools (such as Storyspace and Web browsers) are discrete programs that create and display a variety of media. Open hypermedia systems, on the other hand, weave together separate programs, allowing writers to interlink documents created with a variety of programs -- programs that provide no hypermedia facilities themselves.

This authoratative, 386-page survey reviews the history of efforts to build open hypermedia frameworks. Trigg and Gronbaek review the influential Dexter model of hypermedia systems, emphasizing its weaknesses as well as its strengths, and discuss issues that arise when integrating diverse commercial applications into interoperating and collaborative interlinked work environments.

"A richly nuanced historical and technical background, with an extensive bibliography that ranges from Doug Englelbart's work on Augment (arguably the first CSCW project) in the 1960s to the most current proceedings on open hypermedia systems." -Andy van Dam, Brown University

Kaj Gronbaek is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department of Aarhus University, Denmark. Randall H. Trigg, currently a researcher at Xerox PARC, wrote the first PhD dissertation on hypertext systems.

From Web To Workplace: Designing Open Hypermedia Systems
by Kaj Groenbaek and Randall H. Trigg
MIT Press
ISBN 0-262-07191-6 (hardcover) ..... $45.95

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