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Seventh ACM Conference on Hypertext

Washington DC, USA, March 16-20, 1996


Hypertext '96 will offer several technical courses prior to the main conference. These courses are designed to give attendees in-depth knowledge about specific topic areas and issues related to hypermedia systems, applications, and usage.

We have 14 half-day and two full-day courses: 6 meet on Saturday, and 11 meet on Sunday.

At a Glance...

Course Title DayTimeInstructor(s)Course #
Educational Uses of Hypermedia SatAM/PMLandow&Russell#16
Serving Hypermedia to the Web (Hyper-G) Sat AM/PM Andrews #2
Moving from Print to Interactive Media Sat AM Cain #6
HTML 3.0, Style sheets, & VRML Sat PM Raggett #1
Electronic Commerce on the WWW Sat PM Isakowitz #7
Java for the WWW Sun AM Chan#5
Large Scale Info Mgmt (Microcosm) Sun AM Hall&Davis#3
New Interactive Media Publications Sun AM Ritchie #8
Sustainable Hypermedia Publications Sun AM Glushko #9
O-O Hypermedia Sys Design (Dexter) Sun AM Gronbak&Trigg #11
Reading & Evaluation of Hypermedia Apps Sun AM Paolini #12
Design of Collaborative Environments Sun AM Streitz #13
Netscape WWW site & 2.0 extensions Sun PM Bergson #4
The HyTime Standard Sun PM Kimber #14
Hypermedia Engineering Hands-on Sun PM Nanard #15

Individual Course Descriptions

Theme: WWW & Open Systems

1) Course: Designing Web pages with HTML3, style sheets, and VRML
This course will review the features of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) version 3.0, the proposed standard for style sheets developed by the World Wide Web Consortium. The instructor will also review the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) being developed for presenting 3D objects on the World-Wide Web.
Instructor: Dave Raggett, World Wide Web Consortium
Date: Saturday afternoon, half day

2) Course: Serving Hypermedia to the Web with Hyper-G
Hyper-G is a second generation information system, which provides advanced facilities for the structuring and maintenance of large amounts of information, and which can be accessed by World-Wide Web, Gopher, and native Hyper-G clients. This course will give participants an understanding of the concepts behind Hyper-G and the in-depth knowledge necessary to set up and run a Hyper-G information server.
Instructor: Keith Andrews, Institute for Information Processing and Computer Supported New Media, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Date: Saturday, full day

3) Course: Large Scale Hypermedia Information Management
The aim of this course is to examine the problems associated with large scale multimedia information delivery and management using hypermedia systems. Link management is crucial to maintaining control of large scale hypermedia projects. The course will consider various methods, including use of structured documents and separate databases of links. The course will examine currently available systems including The World Wide Web and Hyper-G as well as the Microcosm system which was developed by the Multimedia Group at the University of Southampton specifically for managing large scale hypermedia resources. Case studies will be used throughout to illustrate the principles covered by the course.
Instructors: Wendy Hall and Hugh Davis, The University of Southampton UK
Date: Sunday morning, half day

4) Course: The Netscape WWW site and Netscape 2.0 extensions
The Netscape web site is one of the most heavily trafficked sites on the Internet. The instructor, who is editor of this site, will review how the site was created and then focus on strategies for using the many new HTML extensions supported by Netscape Navigator 2.0 on websites today.
Instructor: Eliot Bergson, Netscape Corporation
Date: Sunday afternoon, half day

5) Course: Java for the WWW
The Java programming language promises to add new levels of interactivity to the World-Wide Web. This course will review the design and development of the Java language and discuss examples of how it can be used in a variety of web applications.
Instructor: Patrick Chan, formerly with Sun Microsystems
Date: Sunday morning, half day

Theme: Commerce

6) Course: Moving from Print to Interactive Media
This course will explore design principles of interactive media and the computer-human interface. The goal is to give attendees a look at the world of both interactive media and multimedia from the perspective of the design field, and to briefly step through a process for creating interactive media applications. We will cover a simplified process and a short list of questions intended to help translate content in one media form (paper) to interactive media.
Instructor: John Cain, E Labs
Date: Saturday morning, half day

7) Course: Electronic Commerce on the WWW
This tutorial presents an introduction to key aspects of electronic commerce from a technical and business strategy. The purpose of this tutorial is to explain the principles that govern hypermedia on the WWW, elaborate on the Hypermedia/Internet connection, and provide an understanding of key policy and management issues involved in electronic commerce
Instructors: Tomas Isakowitz and Ajit Kambil, Stern School of Business, New York University
Date: Saturday afternoon, half day

8) Course: New Interactive Media Publications
In the competitive struggle over how to build new mass markets for consumer interactive publications, the war may not yet be over, but the battles are all running in one direction, and the winner is usually hypertext, in the shape of the World-Wide Web delivered over the Internet. As a publishing medium WWW is almost perfect: low cost; mass free; instantaneous; global. However, at the moment, nobody is making any real money in consumer publishing. We still don't know how to build the business models, what mixture of subscription, advertising and sponsorship will be sustainable? What impact will the low cost of entry have on 'professional' publishing. These are the issues that will be addressed in this course.
Instructor: Ian Ritchie, British Computer Society, UK
Date: Sunday morning, half day

9) Course: Sustainable Hypermedia Publications
A hypertext publishing effort becomes sustainable when a business and organizational framework is put in place to support it. At that point: an end-to-end publishing process is defined and documented, and people have clear job responsibilities within it; publications can be maintained on a schedule and new ones added by people other than those who worked on the initial effort; technology choices are not fixed, and hardware or software can be upgraded transparently publication quality and the cost to achieve it are measurable and predictable. This course is about ensuring that your hypertext publishing efforts are sustainable, or making a conscious choice when you don't want them to be.
Instructor: Robert J. Glushko, Passage Systems
Date: Sunday morning, half day

10) Cancelled

Theme: Technical

11) Course: Object-oriented hypermedia system design -- a Dexter-based Approach
This course will use the Dexter Hypertext Reference Model as a basis for addressing current problems in hypermedia system design. Particular topics will include: components as vehicles for integrating third-party applications, virtual components to support dynamically computed content, structured composites as models of the inner contents of linked objects, extensions to Dexter's notion of link directionality, dangers and benefits of dangling links, and use and maintenance of anchors with and without link markers. The tutorial will also present a Dexter based architecture for hypermedia in collaborative settings. The discussion will draw on examples from applications built in the DEVISE Hypermedia (DHM) framework, developed at Aarhus University, Denmark.
Instructors: Kaj Gronbaek, Aarhus University, and Randy Trigg, Xerox PARC
Date: Sunday morning, half day

12) Course: Selected Reading & Evaluation of Hypermedia Applications
This course will introduce methods and criteria to critically read and systematically analyze, test and evaluate hypermedia applications, coupling a hypermedia design model (HDM) and general usability criteria. We will present and discuss a variety of hypermedia applications, including CD ROMs, research prototypes, and WWW applications, from a wide range of domains including education and training, museums, entertainment, catalogues, encyclopedias and multimedia databases. Attendees should be able to look more rationally and critically at existing applications, detecting inconsistencies and suggesting potential improvements, and discuss more precisely requirements and design choices.
Instructor: Paolo Paolini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Date: Sunday morning, half day

13) Course: Designing Collaboration Environments based on the Common Ground of Hypermedia and CSCW
The objective of this course is to help participants 1) to learn about the widely neglected but existing common ground of hypermedia and CSCW, 2) to gain a better understanding of the opportunities of cooperative hypermedia systems by learning about the two roles of hypermedia, i.e. to be the subject matter of and a medium for cooperative work, 3) to evaluate the potential of hypermedia systems for building collaboration-support environments, 4) to develop a personal judgment by being presented with examples of existing systems comparing their underlying design rationale and resulting system features. At the end, participants will be able to understand when and how to consider hypermedia-based information systems for collaboration support in their own work environment or in their product line.
Instructor: Norbert A. Streitz, Integrated Publication and Information Systems Institute, German National Research Center for Information Technology
Date: Sunday afternoon, half day

14) Course: An Introduction to the HyTime Standard
This course introduces students to the HyTime standard, ISO/IEC 10744, providing a conceptual overview of the standard and how it can be applied in general to the problems of creating, managing, and presenting hypermedia information. The course covers the following topics: using SGML and HyTime to represent hypermedia documents; hyperlinking and addressing in HyTime; Data storage abstractions in SGML and HyTime; defining hypermedia presentations with HyTime (event schedules and finite coordinate spaces); using HyTime with current tools and technology; using HyTime for networked delivery of hypermedia.
Instructor: W. Eliot Kimber, Passage Systems
Date: Sunday afternoon, half day

15) Course: Hypermedia Engineering Hands-on
This course aims at demonstrating in practice the simplicity and the efficiency of the mixing of automatic generation with incremental design on a real scale problem. After an introduction to the design method, attendees will directly participate in a "hands on" session, putting into practice the method and designing an hypermedia document about the HT'96 conference. The method will follow the main stages of refinement loop, from design to automated production and then to the evaluation and maintenance of a real scale hyperdocument. The "hands on" session will focus on design issues such as the iterative improvement of the navigation structure, the look and interaction, taking advantage of the evaluation of the produced hypermedia document.
Instructor: Marc Nanard, Laboratoire D'Informatique de Robotique et de Microelectronique de Montpellier, France
Date: Sunday afternoon, half day

Theme: Education

16) Course: Educational Uses of Hypermedia: From Design to the Classroom Hypermedia, a powerful tool for creating and delivering educational materials, combines many forms of media into a rich representational system creating possibilities for dramatically expanded educational opportunities. In this course we will examine the state-of-the-art in educational hypermedia, exploring not only what's currently available, but also what is will be coming in the near-term future. Examples of currently available hypermedia will be examined, and heuristics for selecting, using, and creating educational hypermedia will be given. The instructor's experiences in using hypermedia in education will highlight the difficulties and opportunities hypermedia presents.
Instructors: Dan Russell, Apple Computer, George P. Landow, Brown University
Date: Saturday, full day