Re: WWW Strengths & Weakness

Martin Rich (M.G.Rich%CITY.AC.UK@vm.ucs.UAlberta.CA)
Wed, 7 Jun 1995 23:37:11 +0100

I tend to read novels on trains and planes (or at stations or in
airports), slumped in a chair or in bed at home.  Given these constraints
a paperback is a much more convenient medium than a laptop.  But for
browsing through reference material, searching through a structured set
of sources such as the Web can provide, is much easier than coping with
vast volumes of paper.

But the value of the web as a reference source, so far, is limited by the
unevenness of the information that it supports.  And how we can remove
that unevenness without removing the flair and novelty that makes the web
exciting must be a vital issue for the future


Martin Rich                          Phone: 0171-477 8627 (fax: 0171-477 8880)
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City University Business School
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On Wed, 7 Jun 1995, Brad Cox wrote:

> I routinely download entire novels to my laptop to read on the plane,
> preferring this to the usual paperback fare. I regularly read long
> documents from the web, preferring them to paper as a rule.