Eastgate Systems     Serious Hypertext

Curves and Crossings

Curves, interrupted views, intersections, and incidental detail make small spaces seem larger. Hypertext pathways and intersections, similarly, make small hypertexts appear richer and more varied.

Too many intersecting paths, of course, can confuse the visitor; the designer's art lies in choosing which pathways to reveal while keeping other potential connections from sight. Where an abundance of detail might overwhelm the reader, rigid and regular hypertext design is useful -- just as broad vistas, straight avenues, and far horizons organize large spaces. Elsewhere, intersections and irregularities invite readers to explore more deeply, giving readers opportunities for unexpected discovery and giving writers a better audience.

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