About the Venue
The Next Big Thing, Inc.
Thursday August 28th, 09:00
Chair: Wendy Hall
Panelists: Paul de Bra, Ted Nelson, Peter Nuernberg
This panel is cross-linked to a Call for Papers for
issue on Future Visions of Common-Use Hypertext of the
Journal of Digital Information.
Participants, audience and researchers in general are invited to submit
their visions of the future of "common use" hypertext. Please see the
call for papers for further details.
The panel itself will be presented in an imaginary corporate setting.
Panel members have been requested to submit a 5 minute proposal to a new
multi-billion dollar international consortium, Next Big Thing Inc., that
has decided to launch itself as the information nexus of the future. They want
an infrastructure to enable them to do this. They are prepared to either use
current technology as it is, augment it, or completely start from scratch,
and have the resources to build whatever they accept. Each panelist will
have 5 minutes to make their case, then will be examined by the
shareholders (the audience) who will vote on the final technology to adopt
at the end.
The proposal should include a background to the technology they propose,
the steps needed to implement their vision, and the result in 10 years
time of adopting their proposal.
Panelists are, of course, allowed (expected? :) to sabotage each other's
bids, with commercial espionage, bribery, subterfuge, and of course,
old-fashioned heckling all fair game - this is the funding oportunity of a
Writing Accessible Hypertext/media
Friday August 29th, 09:00
How do you write accessible hypertext/media literature?
One of the main problems in acceptance of hypertext/media literature is
that many people find it hard to access and comprehend. The panelists will
each lay out what they think accessibility is, and how authors should
This gives a way to discuss two issues: accessibility, in both the wider
sense of reader interest and the narrower sense of the WAI, and the
penetration of hypertext literature into the 'mainstream'.