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Chapter 20. Interactive and Multimedia D... > Rethinking the Concept of Documents

Rethinking the Concept of Documents

Technological advances over the years have gradually increased the power of the written document to communicate more effectively. The typewriter made it easier to read the written word. Early word processors helped writers to organize—by offering the capability of cutting and pasting—and to proofread documents. Not too long ago, elements of desktop publishing—including complex layout and graphics—crept into the word processing arena.

Today we’re on the verge of another leap forward, as technology enables us to get at information differently. No longer must we read a document on a printed page. Instead we can read it on a computer screen. No longer must we follow a document from beginning to end, but we can jump from one place to another, or even from one document to another. Further, because we’re not tied to paper and print, we can add multimedia elements, including sound or video.


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