Week 4

Tuesday

Discussion of Reading

  • What is Hypertext? Michael Joyce's definition
  • Read: Michael Joyce, from Of Two Minds: Hypertext Pedagogy and Poetics. Google Book Link (PP. 19-22, 31-35)

Show and Tell

List of Hypertexts - Models

What hypertext did you choose? What makes it interesting or unusual? Is it provocative? Is it a game? Does it do something with the medium/form that sets it apart from what we can easily do on the page? Does it give the author more creative control? Does it give the reader a novel experience?

Hypertexts

Twine

Homework

1.) Please visit Adam Hammond's Total Beginners Guide to Twine; please read the first two sections AND watch the first two, brief videos. I will walk you through much of this on Thursday, but I would like you to let Hammond serve as an appetizer.

2.) Submit any needed edits/revisions to your Broadside. Upload it here with “FINAL” in the name of the file (eg. Sherwood-Broadside-Final.pdf)

Upload it Here | my comments on your file drafts here. Comments on Final Proofs here


Thursday

Show and Tell

Broadsides posting

Sample Twine

This is a hypertext I collaboratively created with IUP students several years ago:

http://kennethsherwood.com/haunted/Haunted-Project/

ALT

Here is a Twine that's not literary, more of a tutorial with a slight game element to it:

https://profsherwood.github.io/twine-sailing/SailingRightOfWay.html


Twine HELP:

Twine Sharing

Twine Lab

  1. Create links (Options for approaching linking of nodes; 1 to 1; 1 to many; many to many).
  2. Create hidden/deceptive links
  3. Beginning Style (Twines and most web pages are visually shaped using CSS. W3 Schools Reference

    Changing background, font colors, font styles, etc.

  4. Advanced Style - You can style an individual passage or a family of passages by giving them a “tag” you define and then styling that tag.
  5. Images (SKIP AHEAD) (complication) - must upload to your web space
  6. Saving and publishing

Twines are self-enclosed html files. They must point to other files for their images/sound, but the text is in one file (ex. MyTwine.html). If you upload this to your web space, anyone with the adress can see/read / play your Twine.

Broader Design Questions

Do you want to invite exploration, wandering, a challenging maze, or some other dynamic? Do you want many (hundreds) of short passages/nodes, connecting to many others? Or many passages connecting to few others with limited choices? Or do you want large passages with a few choices? Are all passages a like or do they have difference flavors? How can your words and the design of a group of passages signal their unity? Do you want to orient your reader (easing them into the experience?) Do you want readers to be able to return to the start or map for orientation? Back links?

Homework

Brainstorm three possible ideas for hypertexts you might want to create via Twine. Think about the possibilities of building non-linear paths, or creating challenging experiences for readers, or producing a game-like challenge, or reflecting the twists and turns of networked thought. Blog about this!