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Matt Prather <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 29 Oct 2002 20:50:06 -0500
Hal Shubin <[log in to unmask]>
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Remember HyperCard on the Mac? Maybe it still exists, I don't know. It was
a hyperlinked system, with "cards" that had hot spots (links) to go from
one card to another. Just like the Web, but local.

When I last used it (1992?) there was a great feature. Hot spots were
generally transparent -- they didn't stand out from the rest of the page
(or they didn't have to, anyway). If you wanted to see where they were, you
could press some key combination and they'd all get an outline or light up
or something.

I've always wanted something like that on the Web. I wouldn't mind having
links that blend into the text a little more (that blue is *so* ugly) if I
could make them all pop out when I wanted to find them.

                                         -- hs

At 09:05 AM 10/25/02 -0700, Matt Prather wrote:
>"<snip>Gerry McGovern said...'If you put hypertext links in the body
> > text, it disrupts readability.' <snip>
>I've always wondered about this myself. On the one hand, it seems as though
>that's the raison d'etre of hyperlinks --- to go FROM anywhere TO anywhere,
>without being restricted to a list, area, or other means of "corraling"
>these links. On the other hand, I know firsthand that it's all too easy to
>lose the trail and end up in the oven at the Wicked Witch's house with
>Hansel & Gretel, unable to find your way back. And again firsthand, I know
>that it's almost impossible to just ignore those lil' links; they're so
>tantalizing that you just feel compelled to find out where they go.

Hal Shubin
Interaction Design (
Design & strategy for the Web
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