Navigation in Hypertext
An important characteristic that distinguishes hypertext from other kinds of text is its ability to make connections based on links. By this way, the information space that is formed by hypertext is growing larger and larger. A user reading a hypertext document may be considered as being in a very huge environment, even when the web site containing that document may not be large. Meanwhile, people always have a demand to determine the environment around them and their position in that environment. Moreover, they also want to know the way to reach their destination. Fail to get these information will make readers feel lost-in-hypertext. There arisen the navigation problem in hypertext that has attracted many researchers to carry out studies in this field. Actually, navigation is also a problem in many fields of real world environment, such as: navigation on land, in space, and city planning . . . The research in these fields also contributes to the research of navigation in hypertext.
In this site, I try to introduce the problem of navigation in hypertext and some studies on hypertext users and hypertext analysis that have been done. The navigation problem involves not only hypertext's authors but also hypertext browsers' producer. Consequently, I present some common navigation aids and design tips for authoring.
Last modified: 6 Nov 2002 by Kathy Nguyen Dang