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======Hypertext Gardens:Delightful Vistas======
=====By Mark Bernstein=====

====Hypertext Garden Map====

====Hypertext Gardens: Delightful Vistas > Mark Bernstein====
-This link led to a basic info page about the author, Mark Bernstein, as well as a short summary of and links to his various sites including Hypertext Gardens, Chasing our Tales, and Conversations with Friends (All centered around hypertext). I clicked on Chasing our Tales, but it brought me to a 404 Error for an unknown page.
- I then clicked the back button to go back to the Hypertext Gardens homepage.

====Into the Garden > Introduction====
-Into the Garden brought me to a page entitled Introduction
-This page has a short write up about the importance of keeping the attention of an audience through creating hyperlinks.
- I then clicked on "How can the craft of hypertext invite readers to stay, to explore, and to reflect?"

====How can the craft of hypertext invite readers to stay, to explore, and to reflect? > A New Path====
-Short blurb expanding on the importance of holding a readers attention. Also mentions the importance of forms, techniques, and insights for hyperlink authors, and includes another link to his work Chasing our Tales, which I clicked on again.

====Chasing Our Tales > Intro page to this specific link garden====
-This Intro page includes the title, authors name, copy right info, contact info and seemingly only a few of the links accessible through this garden.
- I followed through a couple of the links. Chasing our Tales > Pernicious. Thoughtless > Elegies. Love of Books > The Craft. Our Past Sometimes Whispers > Voices Past.
- Each new link brought me to a page with less than a paragraph of information, making the links easy to keep up with and not deterring me from clicking more links because I know there won't be a huge wall of text it'll bring me to.
- Skimming through Chasing Our Tales gives me a good idea of Bernstein's outline and formation of a hypertext garden. Short, to the point, with many links that offer new information pertaining to the word they are linked to and from.
- Chasing Our Tales opened up a new tab, so I closed that and continued on back to "A New Path"

====A New Path > Gardens and Parks====
-This link brought me to another short read on hyperlink sprawl, and effectively uses many nature metaphors to get his idea across; that sometimes you need to dig deep through content (the wilderness) and subject yourself to some unappealing aspects (mosquitoes and thorns) to get to the interesting things that lay hidden beyond the eye's reach.
-I click on "Interesting Things Await Us", the only link available from this page.

====Interesting Things Await Us > Rigid Design====
-Bernstein uses another metaphor to describe rigid hypertext, using a corporate office as the example to show that hypertext may look impressive, but we get tired of repetition fast (Like staring at a skyscraper).
- His main point is that once we get what we need from the content it bores us and we are unlikely to hang around to explore other hyperlinks included on the page.
- I clicked on the only link available "Anything More"

====Anything More > Gardens====
-Okay, now its clear how much this guy likes metaphors. I agree that using metaphors helps hold readers' attention and helps them understand a relatively bland topic for most (hyperlinks) by comparing it to physical things we've all seen and can relate to.
- This section is talking about hyperlink design and how it can help us understand the hypertext we see within content.
-I then clicked one of three links, entitled "The Limits of Structure"

====The Limits of Structure > The Limits of Structure====
-This content has more information, but is still formatted in a thin column, making it seem much longer than it is, i think it would be more effective to widen this colum so we don't have to scroll as much.
- This section refers to the structure of hypertext and how navigational centers can negatively impact your content and therefore how people navigate through that content.
- I then clicked on "Beyond the Navigation"

====Beyond the Navigation > Beyond the Navigation Problem====
-Highlights the problem of hypertext- leaves readers with a tangled clump of links and by offering a solution- Provide navigational tools, using fewer links and organizing links very rigidly.
- Over time they've realized the true problem is muddled writing that causes confusion, which is present in almost all writing, not just content that includes hypertext.
- I then clicked on "Development of the Web", within the previous content

====Development of the Web > Recapitulation====
-This section focuses on web design and the adaptation of rigid tools to help organization. It gives examples of different content and their structure.
- Highlights the focus of consistent navigational apparatus's
- I clicked on "Virtue of Irregularity", the only link a different color (showing it's the only one on this page I haven't already visited)

====Virtue of Irregularity > Virtue of Irregularity ====
-At this point, I am tired of following these links. Despite the short content, multiple link options to chose from and refreshing metaphors and language used to help explain Bernstein's ideas about hypertext within content, as he mentioned before, I am still shoveling through the brush and with no end (interesting conclusion) in sight, I will choose to stop here. I have a good idea of Bernstein's ideas about hypertext and how to effectively use them within online content. I don't feel that continuing will provide much new information.
- In conclusion, Bernstein makes some interesting points and provides useful information about hypertext, but I found his Garden to contain too many hyperlinks which in turn made me slowly become uninterested in the content. Perhaps if he were to combine a few of the ideas and make each link a little longer, the Garden of links wouldn't seem so endless and unappealing.
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