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What is hypertext authoring?

What is hypertext authoring?
What is hypertext authoring?
Despite a proliferation of hypertext systems used for fiction, and accompanying authoring tools for those systems, relatively few studies have looked at what are the distinct activities involved in hypertext authoring. This has meant that research into authoring tools has not sufficiently targeted specific activities, leading to complexity for users, and confusion over what research findings actually mean. In this paper we present a systematic literature review and analysis of all the papers published in ACM Hypertext (since 1987) and the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS since 2008, and preceding events ICVS and TIDSE 2001-2007) that describe a distinct authoring activity. We discover seventeen papers that between them cover six common activities: Training/Support, Planning, Visualising/Structuring. Writing, Editing, and Compiling/Testing, as well as a seventh category for non-common Advanced activities for specialist domains. Planning and Editing tend to treat structure and content as a duality, while Structuring and Writing treat them as separate aspects of the digital narrative. All six activities have foundations in the Hypertext conference in its first decade, and have seen somewhat of a resurgence of interest in ICIDS in the last decade - although overall numbers are surprisingly low, especially given the size of the proceedings reviewed, indicating how little is known about the human experience of hypertext authoring. Our findings will help structure the work of those studying hypertext authoring and help focus the efforts of those developing new authoring applications.
55-59
ACM
Kitromili, Sofia
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Millard, David
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Jordan, James
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Kitromili, Sofia
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Millard, David
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Jordan, James
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Kitromili, Sofia, Millard, David and Jordan, James (2019) What is hypertext authoring? In HT '19 Proceedings of the 30th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media. ACM. pp. 55-59 . (In Press) (doi:10.1145/3342220.3343653).

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Abstract

Despite a proliferation of hypertext systems used for fiction, and accompanying authoring tools for those systems, relatively few studies have looked at what are the distinct activities involved in hypertext authoring. This has meant that research into authoring tools has not sufficiently targeted specific activities, leading to complexity for users, and confusion over what research findings actually mean. In this paper we present a systematic literature review and analysis of all the papers published in ACM Hypertext (since 1987) and the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS since 2008, and preceding events ICVS and TIDSE 2001-2007) that describe a distinct authoring activity. We discover seventeen papers that between them cover six common activities: Training/Support, Planning, Visualising/Structuring. Writing, Editing, and Compiling/Testing, as well as a seventh category for non-common Advanced activities for specialist domains. Planning and Editing tend to treat structure and content as a duality, while Structuring and Writing treat them as separate aspects of the digital narrative. All six activities have foundations in the Hypertext conference in its first decade, and have seen somewhat of a resurgence of interest in ICIDS in the last decade - although overall numbers are surprisingly low, especially given the size of the proceedings reviewed, indicating how little is known about the human experience of hypertext authoring. Our findings will help structure the work of those studying hypertext authoring and help focus the efforts of those developing new authoring applications.

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Accepted/In Press date: 16 June 2019
Venue - Dates: 30th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, Hof, Germany, 2019-10-17 - 2019-10-20

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Local EPrints ID: 432617
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/432617
PURE UUID: a713c3a4-74f6-4856-b4bf-1f6ca9895d3c
ORCID for David Millard: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7512-2710

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Date deposited: 22 Jul 2019 16:30
Last modified: 25 Oct 2019 00:37

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Author: Sofia Kitromili
Author: David Millard ORCID iD
Author: James Jordan

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