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Chapter 5. The Structural Model: Underst... > Pages: Building Blocks of the Web

Pages: Building Blocks of the Web

Imagine for a moment the Web as a physical artifact, something you can touch and feel and look at long after the battery on your laptop has died. What are you imagining? Is it a museum? A zoo? A toolbox? What if you pictured it as a different sort of experience? Are you thinking of a movie? A stage play? A walk through the woods? Put another way, what is the conceptual model of the Web?

The answer is this: The Web is a book—a book with billions of pages, hundreds of millions of internal references, and thousands upon thousands of authors, a book that’s constantly updated and revised and that in some places magically knows who you are and what you want to see. Like a book, the Web is composed of individual pages, viewed and consumed one at a time. Even the fundamental interaction of the Web, the hyperlink, is but a highly efficient way to flip pages.


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