The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0420  Wednesday, 1 March 2000.

From:           Jill Walker <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 28 Feb 2000 17:58:30 +0100
Subject: 11.0355 A Hypertext Model
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0355 A Hypertext Model

We've attempted a hypertextual edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream at
http://cmc.uib.no/dream - follow the link to text&commentary. A major
motivation behind this project was to use hypertextual links to weave
commentary on the play through the original text. We wanted to allow the
reader to shift focus from text to commentary if she liked, or vice
versa, and therefore we have provided links between related comments.

This edition, if it can be called that, refers to a lot of academic
literature on MND and does not attempt to explain words in the play or
simplify it. Instead we wished find ways to make it easier for advanced
students or researchers to find connections between work already done on
the play.

The edition can hardly be called complete. There's a lot in there, but
many more perspectives and cross-links could be added. The interface
could be improved. It would be great to be able to include images and
texts, but we didn't want to get into copyright problems.

Ideally I would like to see something like this that was
user-extendable. I think that sharing the connections, the links, we've
made between essays, texts, opinions would be extremely useful for all
of us.

I'd be glad to hear any comments on the project.

Jill Walker
lingo.uib - language learning in MOOs. A project at the University of

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