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New Hypertext Tools Extend the Notion of Publishing

Magazine article Information Today

New Hypertext Tools Extend the Notion of Publishing

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Foresight Institute has introduced new hypertext Web software that allows users to read and comment on Web documents by viewing them with new tools, all of which run on a Web server. Users need no additional software of any kind; these tools work with Web browsers. The developers of these technologies, KaPing Yee, Terry Stanley, and Peter McCluskey, are providing source code for free use and modification by individuals and companies who wish to use the new tools on their servers. Foresight Institute has set up a free Web site (http://crit.org) to enable We;o users to engage in "Critical Issues" discussions.

Three of the new tools are CritLink, CritMap, and CritMail. CritLink allows users to add their own comment links anywhere in the text of any Web document. Readers can "mark up" others' documents to agree, disagree, ask questions, or make general comments.

CritMap displays all of a Web document's links--both those made by the original author and those that are the result of reactions by others--in a graphical display. Readers can see, on one screen, who has linked to a given Web page and whether they agree or disagree.

CritMail, a new version of Hypermail, takes e-mail discussions and converts them into Web documents where quoted text is linked to its original location. …

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