A meaningfully structured document can substantially assist in exploring and locating information. Hierarchical structuring, as employed frequently in technical documentation and manuals, is one of the most popular means of organizing large documents. There are two ways of imposing a hierarchical document structure:
  1. 1.

    Ideally, a document is molded into a hierarchical structure during its creation and authoring phase. The IGD system described in section 9.3 is a typical representative of such a system.

  2. 2.

    It is much harder to impose a hierarchical structure on an existing document collection. Our own Cybermap system, described in Part II, computes a hierarchical structure for any information space.



Leaf Node Authoring Phase Information Exploration Electronic Table Hierarchical Path 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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