The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Monday, August 12, 2002

Experiments in Hypertext

Typographically speaking, using underlines and changing the color of text for a link is … um … ugly. Functional, yes. Eyecatching, yes. Asthetically pleasing … debatable. And for reading hypertext fiction (fictional stories using hypertext as a medium—and there has to be a better name) it can get downright difficult, depending upon the density of links (I've yet to come across any hypertext fiction that has the density of links that any wiki has; I've also yet to come across any hypertext fiction that has drawn me in, again, unlike most wikis). So I spent some time writing some experimental hypertext to see if I can't come up with some alternative methods for displaying links.

I've also added a new section to my personal site (in something like four years) to contain the various hypertext experiments I've done (so far, two).

Obligatory Picture

[“I am NOT a number, I am … a Q-CODE!”]

Obligatory Contact Info

Obligatory Feeds

Obligatory Links

Obligatory Miscellaneous

You have my permission to link freely to any entry here. Go ahead, I won't bite. I promise.

The dates are the permanent links to that day's entries (or entry, if there is only one entry). The titles are the permanent links to that entry only. The format for the links are simple: Start with the base link for this site:, then add the date you are interested in, say 2000/08/01, so that would make the final URL:

You can also specify the entire month by leaving off the day portion. You can even select an arbitrary portion of time.

You may also note subtle shading of the links and that's intentional: the “closer” the link is (relative to the page) the “brighter” it appears. It's an experiment in using color shading to denote the distance a link is from here. If you don't notice it, don't worry; it's not all that important.

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