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A Comparison of Hyperstructures: Zzstructures, mSpaces, and Polyarchies

McGuffin, Michael J. and schraefel, m.c. (2004) A Comparison of Hyperstructures: Zzstructures, mSpaces, and Polyarchies At ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, 2004, United States. 09 - 13 Aug 2004. , pp. 153-162.

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Hypermedia applications tend to use simple representations for navigation: most commonly, nodes are organized within an unconstrained graph, and users are presented with embedded links or lists of links. Recently, new data structures have emerged which may serve as alternative models for both the organization, and presentation, of hypertextual nodes and links. In this paper, we consider zzstructures, mSpaces, and polyarchies from the perspective of graph theory, and compare these models formally. The novel aspects of this work include: providing a sound, graph-theoretic analysis of zzstructures; the identi cation of a new class of polyarchies associated with mSpaces; and the comparison and classi- cation of these and other structures within a taxonomy. The taxonomy that results from our comparison allows us to consider, rst, what the distinct characteristics of each model are at a fundamental level, and second, what model or attributes of a model may be most appropriate for the design goals of a given hypermedia application. [Award: ACM Special Research Distinction Awarded for Excellent Presentation of Theoretical Concepts]

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Published date: 2004
Additional Information: Event Dates: August 9-13, 2004
Venue - Dates: ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, 2004, United States, 2004-08-09 - 2004-08-13
Keywords: Connective structures, ZigZag, zzstructures, mSpace, polyarchies, multitrees, graph theory, interaction design, navigation
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity


Local EPrints ID: 259230
ISBN: 1 58113 848 2
PURE UUID: 504cf8d3-21a4-401f-934e-3ebbdf4e3554

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Date deposited: 25 Aug 2004
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 09:24

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Author: Michael J. McGuffin
Author: m.c. schraefel

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