Miles-Board, Timothy, Carr, Les and Hall, Wendy
Looking for Linking: Associative Links on the Web.
Thirteenth ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia (HT'02), Maryland, USA,
11 - 15 Jun 2002.
Non-trivial hypertexts (containing more than one node) use links to implement their internal structure. On the Web navigation bars have become ubiquitous, defining functional regions on a web page that expose a site’s primary structure, listing nearby pages or media (home page, next page, previous page, search, related links). By contrast, associative linking takes place in the content regions of Web pages and may be used to interlink related concepts from the domain semantics, expose argumentation structures, add glossary functions or reveal instructional components according to various secondary informational schemas or controlling “applications”. In this paper we describe an attempt to identify the latter kind of links on the World Wide Web, as the preliminary stage of recognising and classifying “good” linking practices that go beyond the merely organisational infrastructure common to the Web.
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