Conversations with Friends: Hypertexts With Characters

  • Mark Bernstein
Conference paper
Part of the Workshops in Computing book series (WORKSHOPS COMP.)


Most current hypertexts appear to the reader as a single entity, a written work that speaks with a single voice and presents a single viewpoint. Large and challenging hypertexts, whether technical, scholarly, or fictional, might benefit by introducing a dramatic multiplicity of voices and perspectives that engage the reader and each other. Characters are not merely names or pictures; to be credible and coherent, each character must be independent, persistent, and intentional. This paper proposes a framework for creating and discussing dramatic hypertexts in which separate characters participate fully and directly. The most interesting issues arise when characters are permitted to respond to other characters and to urge the reader to follow different trajectories through the hypertext.


Macintosh Computer Single Voice Single Viewpoint Authorial Voice Imaginary Dialogue 
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© British Computer Society 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Bernstein
    • 1
  1. 1.Eastgate Systems, Inc.WatertownUSA

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