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Part 3: Reflections (8 of 9)

The example with search is just one place where structure is crucial. Here I've tried to depict another sense of integration - this time the boundary we want to "ride" is between degrees of structuredness (i.e. between the elements of this table). Each of the kinds of navigation aids so well studied in our field ought to have both kinds of instantiations. I look forward to the day when structure available, say on a local host maintained by industrious webmasters, can smoothly and transparently be made visible to a web visitor and just as smoothly gracefully degrade when she leaves for the "wide open spaces."

In short, structure may be the crucial distinction between our view of hypermedia and the WWW's.

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Randy Trigg trigg@workpractice.com