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A central challenge in the design of multimedia databases is integrating information from different media sources while reducing the cognitive load imposed on users by the tasks of learning and operating the interface. In light of results from a prototype multimedia project developed at Apple, we believe that an agent-style interface addresses this(More)
<italic>This paper's purpose is to describe how the hypertext technique can make CD-ROM (and other static storage media) a more comfortable environment for human use. I begin by considering implementation issues for hypertext on CD-ROM and surveying currently available products. I suggest desirable goals for the use of hypertext on the static CD medium, and(More)
The pile is a new element of the desktop user interface metaphor, designed to support the casual organization of documents. An interface design based on the pile concept suggested uses of content awareness for describing, organizing, and filing textual documents. We describe a prototype implementation of these capabilities, and give a detailed example of(More)
The history of hypertext is often traced back to the description of Memex in “As We May Think by Vannevar Bush. Despite its common use in citations, Bush’s work is not well understood by the hypertext community. The moderator and James M. Nyce have edited From Memex to Hypertext: Vannevar Bush and the Mind’s Machine (1991, Academic Press), collecting all of(More)
The Guides prototype demonstrates the use of narrative metaphor and anthropomorphic agents for browsing a multimedia database of early American history. The Guides are characters drawn from this period, and are explained through the use of video stories. In addition to delivering these stories, they make recommendations of database items to be browsed which(More)
The reality of hypertext today is rather different. Driven by the needs of particular applications and by platform and market constraints, a plethora of competing and incompatible hypertext systems have arisen. Their user interfaces vary radically, from the fixed frames of KMS to the multiple scrolling texts of Guide. The data models are equally diverse,(More)
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