A map of hyperspace: How spatial can orientation in the hyperspace be?
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The enormous information basis of the World Wide Web is comprised of multimedia data stored as hyperdocuments. A vigorous debate is ongoing about how we conceptualize this, quite possibly entirely foreign, cognitive environment, how we orientate ourselves through the topological structure of hypertext and how we obtain information from hyperspace. Among the most recognizable difficulties hiding in the hypertextual structure, the most common experiences are the disorientation and cognitive overhead that come from its network-organization, its complicated geography and its topology diverging from the printed text scripts. Currently considerable research is directed towards increasing the usability of the World Wide Web, towards the search of navigational aids resting upon the user's cognitive processes and towards the possibilities of spatialization of the hypertextual structures. As the models and paradigms relating to this area are remarkably flexible and new, and frequently contradictory empirical proofs come to light, this study is concerned with the recognition of the space defined by hypertext and the related hypothesises concerning the use of spatial language and metaphors.
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