The process of locating needed information in a paper document is often frustrating and time consuming. The information may be available but, since the basic access method is often linear, the information is not readily available. Hypermedia systems offer a computer-based mechanism that can simplify the search process and increase the ratio of useful information found to time expended. Such systems also support the creation of alternate views on the same data base of information. This thesis describes some current hypertext systems and the overall structure of the HyperManual system. This system includes both the tools needed to create and traverse a web of links within a database of documents, and an environment that supports these link construction and information browsing activities. The system differs from other hypermedia systems in that it provides a variety of modes of access to the documents in a hyperdocument. The HyperManual system was written in Smalltalk/V for the Macintosh.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Interactive multimedia--Design; Hypertext systems--Design; Smalltalk/V (Computer program language)

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Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

Computer Science (GCCIS)


Gayvert, Robert

Advisor/Committee Member

Biles, John

Advisor/Committee Member

Anderson, Peter


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: QA76.76.H94 B874 1991


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