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Offers specific advice on when to use different kinds of information architecture, the human-factors issues that help determine the size and connections between information modules, and related high-level issues of interest to anyone planning to compose, evaluate, or purchase multimedia documents. Includes a disk with ready-to-use Macintosh HyperCard stacks and a system of UNIX shell scripts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780122575600
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 7.53 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Learning to Think Multimedia 1
The Restrictions of Linearity 2
Interactive Documents before Multimedia: Hypertext 4
Goals of This Book 7
Terminology Used in This Book 8
Applicability: Who Needs Multimedia? 19
Is There Anything Multimedia Can't Do? 20
What Makes Multimedia Special? 26
Making Music: How Many Tunes from Only 88 Keys? 41
The Author as Composer 42
Pace, Volume, and Tempo 45
Storyboards: Visual Outlines 53
Storyboard History 54
How Do You Start? 56
Storyboarding for Interactive Media 59
Different Kinds of Stories, Different Kinds of Boards 60
Components: Modules and Links 77
What Is a Module? 78
What Is a Link? 81
Restrictions of Tools and Media 84
How the Brain Retains Information 85
Moving Modules 90
In Our Last Episode... 92
Open-Ended Links 98
Structure: Analyzing the Information in Your Database 103
What Is an Information Database? 104
What Comes First? 106
Profiling User Information 111
The Nature of the Information Database 113
Information Hierarchies 115
Flat Versus Structured Information Layout 118
Assumptions: Right Ones and Wrong Ones 125
The Myth of Prerequisite Information 126
Is There Such a Thing as a Valid Assumption? 129
How Information Is Used 130
Building Assumptions into the Document 133
In the Audience's Shoes 136
Preparing Paper and Online Documents from Common Source 138
Road Maps: How To Get Around In Cyberspace 151
What is Cyberspace, Anyway? 152
Orienting the Reader: The Table of Contents 153
Directory Listings 156
"You Are Here" 159
Is That All There Is? 161
Guided Interactive Navigation 169
Document Structure: Islands and Streams 181
Document Conversion Versus Document Creation 182
From Text to Hypertext 183
From Hypertext to Hypermedia 187
Advantages of Conversion 190
Advantages of Modular Design 194
Creating or Adapting - Common Needs 197
Adapting an Existing Document 198
Creating a New Document 199
Multimedia Projects: Checklists, Issues, and Questions 207
Integrating System Components 208
Using the Checklists 210
Checklist - Document Analysis 212
Checklist - Roles of Development Staff 213
Checklist - Authoring System Analysis 216
Checklist - Delivery System Analysis 218
Checklist - Understanding your Resources 222
Timeline - Project Overview 223
Conclusion - New Technology, New Information, New Aesthetics 229
Appendix A - Online Examples 233
Appendix B - Glossary 245
Appendix C - Bibliography 273
Index 277
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