We have now, finally, begun to form our concept for our Hypertext Essay, and it is hopefully going to be something that hasn’t been seen before. We had an incredibly long think about how we were going to create an original idea that would reflect the main aspects behind the concept of a Hypertext web page. These aspects included the idea that the browser becomes immersed within the web page and makes their own decisions as to the content they would view first, the idea that the browser can enter the Hypertext essay at any page and it will still make perfect sense, be interlinked with the surrounding pages within the web site and externally linked and interconnected with external web pages and our own blogs. For now, we have formed specific ideas that will satisfy these aspects of what is considered a good Hypertext essay. For example, when the web site is put up, each of the group members will create a blog post that will provide a number of randomized links to different pages from within the Hypertext Essay, which will enable the user to enter the web site at a random point.
In terms of our unique way of allowing the browser to become immersed within the web site, we have created an idea that is not only aesthetically and interactively entertaining, but also allows for mindless, continuous browsing, as there is no beginning, middle or end, just one single stream of information that the user has the ability to interact with. Our idea will be shaped around the idea that as technology is advancing, hence, the world of blogging is changing according to technology. Therefore our idea is to create a single web page that presents an image of the Apple iPhone in which the user has the ability to interact with. The user may click individual icons on the virtual iPhone, which may open up new interfaces on the actual image of the iPhone, itself, or it will link to a web page that will appear next to the iPhone in a separate frame. This concept means that the user navigates the entire web page without losing interaction with the iPhone interface as a navigation device, which means there is no hierarchy involved with the web page. The web site is what Seth described as ‘flat’ as each page is easily accessible and there is no ‘home page’ to return to as the iPhone acts as the ‘home’ aspect, which is constantly with the user throughout his browsing experience in the web page.