ALI 2000
Language, Hypertext, and Multimedia

David Nathan

Introduction | Aims | Classes ( 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ) | Readings and links | Readings list


This course will introduce participants to the concept of hypertext, and its central role in the evolution of computers into communication and media appliances. We will examine some of the information technologies and cultural/cognitive factors that have enabled and influenced this development: text properties, literacies, encoding, internet, multimedia, interfaces, and the "new media."

The course will be interactive. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own skills/experiences, and will collaboratively develop appropriate hypertext materials.


After this course, students should be able to:


Class 1: Hypertext: text, tradition, technology
Class 2: Implementing hypertext: HTML, XML, and information structure
Class 3: Hypertext architecture, authoring, interfaces and multimedia
Class 4: New media: code, computer, and community

Readings and links

See list of items in reading package:

Reading package by Class

14Landow, George P. 1998 Hypertext 2.0. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.Ch 1 1-32 Hypertext: An Introduction, Ch 3 60-79 Visual Elements in Print Text
15Levinson, P. 1998. The soft edge: a natural history and future of the information revolution. London: RoutledgeCh 2 The first digital medium, Ch 13 Hypertext and author/reader inversions
18Mott, B., Rion, R., & Hergé. 1991. Tintin Illustrated Dictionary. Edinburgh: Harrapp 32, 140
22Harold, Elliotte Rusty 1998 XML: Extensible Markup Language. Foster City, CA: IDG Books.Ch 1 An Eagle's Eye View of XML 3-15
211Pardi, W. 1999. XML in Action: Web Technology. Redmond: Microsoft PressCh 2 Enter XML 16-27
33Kress, G. 1997. "Visual and verbal modes of representation in electronically mediated communication: the potentials of new forms of text." in Snyder, Ilana (ed.) Page to Screen: Taking literacy into the electronic era. Sydney: Allen and Unwin. 53-79
36Mandel, T. 1997. Elements of User Interface Design. New York: WileyCh 16 The New World of PC-Internet User Interfaces 383- 423
39Nathan, D. 1996. "Caught in a Web of Murri Words: Making and Using the Gamilaraay Web Dictionary", in Library Automated Systems Information Exchange, Vol 27 No 4 (December 1996), pp 35-42
310Nielson, Jakob. 1995. Multimedia and Hypertext: The Internet and Beyond. Cambridge, MA: AcademicCh 12 Repurposing existing content 323-361
41Business Week. October 4, 1999. "Activists without borders." Pete Engardio
47McLuhan, E. & Zingrone, F. (eds) 1995. Essential McLuhan. New York: Basic BooksCh 14 A McLuhan Sourcebook 270-296
412Scientific American. March 1997. "Filtering information on the internet." Paul Resnick
413Scientific American. March 1997. "Interfaces for searching the web." Marti A. Hearst
414Spender, D. 1995. Nattering on the net: women, power, and cyberspace. North Melbourne: Spinifex.Ch 7 Women, power and cyberspace 161-247
415Wired 5.03 (March 1997) "The World According to Eco." Interview of Umberto Eco by Lee Marshallp 145-149, 194-5

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