ROY RADA (Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX)
GEENG‐NENG YOU (Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Publication date: 1 January 1992


Navigation problems in a hypertext might be reduced, if multiple, coherent views of the hypertext were available. Document outlines help readers appreciate the structure and meaning of the document. We propose measures of syntactic and lexical balance in an outline and show in a sample of documents the degree to which these balances occur. Based on balance in an outline, a method for semi‐automatically generating an alternative outline is applied to one textbook. The textbook with both its original and its alternative outline is available in hypertext, and subjects who were asked to evaluate this hypertext noted that the alternative outline would help readers compare concepts in the textbook. The computer programs for generating outlines have been used in several writing tasks, including the writing of this paper.


RADA, R. and YOU, G. (1992), "BALANCED OUTLINES AND HYPERTEXT", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 48 No. 1, pp. 20-44.




Copyright © 1992, MCB UP Limited

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