In order to make this hypertext more approachable to the reader, we will make a detailed physical description
The animated poem consists of a ferris wheel shaped
structure made up of words. In the middle we can see “Ferris Wheels” written
in yellow, symbolising the core of the wheel. Around it, we can see the
titles of each page or text block written in blue, symbolising each car,
which change colour in a clockwise direction, imitating the movement of
a ferris wheel. Between the centre and the cars, we can also see the four
words or titles which symbolise in turn each of the four axes of the wheel.
They also change colour as the wheel goes round, but at a much slower pace.
However, none of this words are linked to the text, but they help us understand
that the whole text is actually structured like a ferris wheel, each page
being one of its parts. Under the wheel we find two links: “Ferris Wheels”,
which takes us back to the front page, and “Enter the Text”, which takes
us to the first page of the text.
The 16 pages which make up the hypertext have an identical
structure. The background, as in the front page, is a pattern of light
blue sea waves. The text takes up most of the space and the font used is
black Times New Roman. At the end of each text block, on the bottom right-hand
side, there are two links with the names of the previous and following
pages with a hand-shaped direction icon each: one pointing right (following
page) and the other one pointing left (previous page). By following the
direction icons pointing right, we will therefore be able to read the text
in a LINEAR way. On the left-hand side of each text block, there is a picture
of a ferris wheel, with a yellow mark indicating which car or axis we are
in (remember that each page has a role in the wheel´s structure).
The title of the page is written on top of the picture. Under the picture
there are two links: one for the “revolving text” (animated poem) and another
one for the “site map”. In order to read the text in a NON-LINEAR way,
we can either click on the links which appear in the text itself, or we
can click on the picture on the left-hand side (each part of the wheel
being linked to its corresponding text block).
The site map also has a ferris wheel’s structure
which is made up of little ferris wheels representing the cars and axes.
Each of these pictures stands for one of the chapters, the name of which
is written underneath. A yellow mark on each one of the pictures also indicates
the position within the whole text. By clicking on them, we can access
the corresponding text block.
Another curious feature, which took us a while to discover, is that by placing the mouse over each picture a tag with a word shows up. All these words make up a poem which can be read from left to right, starting at the top left corner. It goes like this: “Looking at this without viewing, without seeing the imagery is like looking into your soul without seeing the beauty of the shadows”.
Academic year 2001/2002
© a.r.e.a./Dr.Vicente Forés López
© Olga Lledó Oliver
Universitat de València Press