Challenges in the Design of a Hypertext Book in HTML: Lessons Learned
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Misanchuk, E.R., Schwier, R.A. & Boling, E. (1999). Challenges in the Design of a Hypertext Book in HTML: Lessons Learned. In B. Collis & R. Oliver (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 1999 (pp. 1219-1220). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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This document is a very brief summary of a larger paper and presentation. It is not possible to discuss the issues presented two pages, so we will restrict ourselves to providing an annotated outline of the topics here, and invite you to download the larger document. More information about the hypertextbook Visual Design for Instructional Multimedia, including previews of most sections of the book, is available from http://members.home.net:80/m4.multimedia/. A complete version of the paper, presented earlier this year, is available for downloading as a PDF file [190 KB] from www.extension.usask.ca/Papers/Misanchuk/EDMEDIA99/EDMEDIA99paper.pdf. Large-scale hypertext implementations designed to provide information are common enough (especially as websites); however, large-scale instructional equivalents are, at this juncture, more rare. The complete paper and presentation include the following: • Description of the design and development of a CD-ROM-based hypertextbook, entitled Visual Design for Instructional Multimedia, which consists of more than 3,100 HTML, JPEG, GIF, and MOV files • Morphology of the project through several stages, highlighting issues arising from developing the product with HTML rather than with a more hospitable authoring program • Description of a number of things we learned from the "school of hard knocks"—some profound, some mundane—in the hope that by sensitizing you to some of the problems we encountered and decisions we made (and sometimes re-made), we can help you avoid some of the pitfalls we encountered.
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