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A Comparison of Hyperstructures: Zzstructures, mSpaces, and Polyarchies

An excellent paper discussing zzstructures in considerable detail:

A Comparison of Hyperstructures: Zzstructures, mSpaces, and Polyarchies

McGuffin, M. J. and schraefel, m. c. (2004) A Comparison of
Hyperstructures: Zzstructures, mSpaces, and Polyarchies. In Proceedings
of ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, 2004 (in press), pages
pp. 153-162, Santa Cruz, California, USA.


Hypermedia applications tend to use simple representations for navigation:
most commonly, nodes are organized within an unconstrained graph, and
users are presented with embedded links or lists of links. Recently,
new data structures have emerged which may serve as alternative models
for both the organization, and presentation, of hypertextual nodes
and links. In this paper, we consider zzstructures, mSpaces, and
polyarchies from the perspective of graph theory, and compare these
models formally. The novel aspects of this work include: providing a
sound, graph-theoretic analysis of zzstructures; the identi cation of
a new class of polyarchies associated with mSpaces; and the comparison
and classi- cation of these and other structures within a taxonomy. The
taxonomy that results from our comparison allows us to consider, rst,
what the distinct characteristics of each model are at a fundamental
level, and second, what model or attributes of a model may be most
appropriate for the design goals of a given hypermedia application.

[Award: ACM Special Research Distinction Awarded for Excellent
Presentation of Theoretical Concepts]


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