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
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