Simple mechanization or semantic reconfigurations?
- Are hyperlinks simply mechanizing existing semantic relations or can we observe changes in this textual zone? What do links mean for navigation?
- Intertextual links: direct navigation in the networks between texts without mediation by indexes or catalogues.
- Paratextual links: allows the text to be featured in many different metatextual contexts (subject gateways/portals, journals, archives, author webpages)
- Metatextual contexts: subject gateways, digital libraries, journals etc.
- Externally -> plurality of metatextual contexts in a larger network that are neither identical or mutually exclusive but overlapping, each framing parts of the scholarly literature their way.
- Internally -> plurality of ordering principles within a given metatextual context (cf. ACM Digital Library)
Hyperlinking seem to allow new interactions between intertextual, paratextual and metatextual forms.
Subject gateways, journals, search engine results - all operate metatextually with regard to the primary texts.
(try to navigate the ACM digital library - it provides new constellations, many potential selections and flexible ordering principles compared to the traditional printed counterparts - libraries, catalogues…)