While looking for a hypertext
on the internet to work on, I realised how many variations there are. Various
manners of reading a text, some of basic layout and others of very artistic
design. Unlike reading a book with one chapter following the other in a
fixed order, in hypertexts, the order of text fragments can often be chosen
by the reader. While reading some hypertexts, it occured to me that the
manner of proceeding can be compared with a conversation. You can jump
from one word, which is marked as a link on to a different page that gives
you more information about this expression or offers new points of view
about the topic. That way the reader can interact in the story. The same
thing happens in a conversation: there is a red thread, but while following
it, the conversation now and then leaves the thread to go deeper into certain
About the structure:
The first image you see when you enter the web site assumably symbolizes a piece of material, a patchwork quilt. The background is formed by tiny letters in grey and light blue. A click on the needle and thread leads you to the next page which gives us information about the whole project of the noon quilt as a literary platform.
This page contains six icons
which are constantly moving. When you move your mouse over the five images
which are in one row in the upper part of the page, the standard bars read
"cyan", "foot", "oh", "red" and "tv".
A click on one of the chinese signs will lead you to quilt one or quilt two. Now you are where it happens: a patchwork quilt, virtually stiched together with little patches. Each patch represents one story, in which authors from all over the world describe in 100 words what they see when they look out of their window at noon time. The texts are written in form of prose or fiction.
Click on the first quilt and you will find 35 squares, each containing three equal images which appear in a diagonal order. The images are the same like the five icons on the previous page. Altogether there are 105 icons.
The second quilt also contains 105 patches or stories. The images are letters which move and form words like "fragment" and "assemble". Others remind of enlarged cells and some sort of psychodelic patterns.
Furthermore, there are links towards "The Electronic Writing Research Ensemble" and "trAce" , an international online writing community, in which the designers of the page are working.
Finally, view the map to see whereabouts in the world the participants of the noon quilt stories come from.
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