Computer text processing systems have concentrated on providing
convenient interfaces for preparing documents - assistance for the
author, typesetter, and publisher. The emphasis is invariably
on paper copy as the final product. In contrast, the present research
breaks out of the "book" metaphor and addresses the on-line, interactive,
reader of the document. Firstly, we advocate providing the on-line
reader with flexible viewing options and sketch how this may be done.
Secondly, we note the potential of active pages in videotex systems and
point out the difficulty of integrating dynamic displays with document
text. Thirdly, we develop a generalized notion of forms - dynamic text
with which one can interact in a highly structured manner - and show
how it encompasses a variety of interactive systems.
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