Take-Home Examination #1
LIS 385T.6, Summer 1998
Dr. John Leggett
- Question #1: Succinctly describe the MEMEX.
What was its purpose? What is the essential feature of the MEMEX? What is
the hypertext model of the MEMEX?
- Question #2: Explain the H-LAM/T system.
Discuss the use of hypertext in the man-artifact interface. Explain the
- Question #3: Discuss the notion of structured
files. Give examples from Nelson's ELF and Engelbart's Augment.
- Question #4: What is a graphical browser?
What problem, identified by Conklin, are graphical browsers supposed to
address? For which hypertext models are they successful? Why?
- Question #5: Trace the influence of Andy van
Dam on hypermedia system design. Include a brief discussion of each of the
systems/features/people that are important.
- Question #6: Why was Smalltalk designed and
built? What features of Smalltalk were essential for its environment? What
is meant by "computer as active metamedium"?
- Question #7: Describe the transparency
requirement for Zog. What current hypertext system adheres to this
principle? Why is transparency an important design criteria?
- Question #8: Compare and contrast the
hypertext models of NoteCards and Neptune/HAM. Which system had more
impact on hyperbase systems? Why?
- Question #9: Describe Telesophy's data model
from the user's perspective. Describe Telesophy's system architecture. Why
is Telesophy an important system in the hypertext literature?
- Question #10: Describe the two key principles
of the Boxer system. Why is Boxer an important system in the hypertext