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Real and Virtual Spaces: Mapping from Spatial Cognition to Hypertext

Simon Shum
Parallels are frequently drawn between navigating through everyday spatial environments and information systems, hypertexts being a particular case in point. This paper examines the cognitive mapping theory often borrowed implicitly from spatial cognition research, which has a bearing on the appropriateness of using spatial imagery in hypertext. Conceptual differences between Euclidean and virtual spaces are identified, and ways considered in which to make information spaces more coherent. A demonstration hypertext browser is described, incorporating some of the cognitive principles discussed.
Reproduced by Permission from Hypermedia (now published as The New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia), Volume 2 (2), 1990, Taylor Graham Publishing, 500 Chesham House, 150 Regent St., London W1R 5FA.