Re: WWW Strengths & Weakness

David R. Woolley (
Wed, 7 Jun 1995 11:26:30 -0600

Kannan Thiruvenagadam makes an excellent point here:

>Proceeding on these lines, one can conclude that placing
>loooong (educational) documents on the web is no way to *use* it.
>Break the information into smaller units and make them
>the leaves of a tree. Each internal node doesn't have
>to be a menu (like in gopher). It should be an independent knowledge
>unit (which makes sense by itself). Shortness of the units
>also means the unit will be over before the reader
>loses interest. 

This is good advice!  

Kannan is also correct that "depth on demand is what the WWW supports."  
When I said that people tend not to read for depth on the Web, I was just 
(clumsily) reiterating my point that people tend not to read long text 
documents online.