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Old ways for linking texts in the digital reading environment: The case of the Thompson Chain Reference Bible

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dc.contributor.author Nelson, Brent
dc.contributor.author Bath, Jon
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-30T20:00:50Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-30T20:00:50Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Nelson, B., & Bath, J. (2012). Old ways for linking texts in the digital reading environment: The case of the Thompson Chain Reference Bible. Digital Humanities Quarterly, 6(2). en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/6/2/000137/000137.html
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/8200
dc.description.abstract This paper will briefly survey the historical development of linking systems in the Christian Bible, from their theological foundations to their formation in the architecture of the printed book. It will then examine the apogee of intra-Biblical linking systems in the Thompson Chain Reference Bible, particularly its chain-referencing system for thematic linking between texts. Finally, it will use this mature print technology to consider the state of the hyperlink in current Web-interfaces. It will show that while in many ways modern attempts at a dynamic hyperlink surpass this elaborate linking system in functionality, in a few key functions this old print technology out-performs what is commonly and readily available in current Web-browsers. In pursing this comparative analysis we aim to demonstrate the importance of understanding the organization and navigational structure of the codex in designing digital reading environments that will meet and surpass the affordances of print. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Digital Humanities Quarterly en_US
dc.title Old ways for linking texts in the digital reading environment: The case of the Thompson Chain Reference Bible en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US


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