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*To*: xanadu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx*Subject*: Fuzzy Hypertext?*From*: Paul Newton <pkn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>*Date*: Thu, 19 Dec 1996 12:26:56 +0000*Reply-to*: xanadu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx*Sender*: xanni@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

I have been a member of this list since it started, and have read some very interesting posts - although this is my first posting to the list. Things seem to be very quiet at the moment; have you all discovered a new forum for discussion? I find the alt.hypertext newsgroup all but useless, with very few postings and most of those focussed on web queries. Do any of you have any suggestions for alternative lists/newsgroups? In particular, I am looking at open hypertext systems through computation and processes, but would be interested in any hypertext discussions. Anyway - some hypertext theory! I have recently been applying the idea of fuzzy logic to hypertext. I find that current implementations of hypertext can be very restrictive by forcing the reader/author to work with very static and discrete linking models. I realise that there has been much work on filtering of links and more dynamic systems, but I would like to see some representation of the fuzziness that must surely exist when an author creates a link, or a reader follows a link. When an author creates a link, I would like them to be able to give the link a fuzzy level, so that they can express uncertainty eg links which are definite, sometimes useful, only useful to the dedicated reader etc. Further, I find it very restricting that anchors exist as such discrete objects. It can be quite natural to link specific words (dictionaries, indexes, tables of contents etc), but there must be cases when hypertext would benefit from a more fuzzy definition of anchors. For example, when I discuss a concept, I can rarely identify precise points where the discussion starts then ends - there is a build up to the ideas, then a discussion of consequences etc. This is a much more fuzzy definition of an anchor, where instead of discrete boundaries, we instead have more fuzzy, blurred edges. I was wondering if any of you knew of any other work on this application of fuzzy logic, or had any comments on this - how it could be used, problems etc. Many thanks for any help, and I look forward to any responses. Paul. ------ Paul Newton http://www.ep.cs.nott.ac.uk/~pkn Electronic Publishing Research Group University Of Nottingham ------

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