Texts architecture is an approach to designing extensive fact’s (event’s) description that shows its different sides and forms its fair description in terms of the different positions of the observer.
Here by “text” implicates the linguistic form which can be expressed (converted) in the proper text format, narrated (well-read, sung) with voice, become the basis for static and dynamic graphics and so on. The text architecture concept is based on the three methods (forms) of building text’s extensions: hypertext, metatext and multiform texts.
Hypertext is the method and form of event’s (fact’s) description in which the individual text elements form an interconnected system with a clear or hidden indication of the possible transitions and connections between them. In addition, each text element can have its own style, form, focus and describe the events from a particular point of view.
Metatext is a system of sustain texts (explaining, illustrating, interpreting) which can be integrated as text element in hypertext system or to become hypertext system’s independent part.
Multiforme text is an approach where the same text has different expression forms: the actual text, audio and video format of the text, static and dynamic illustration (infographics, drawing and so on.).
These three methods allow you to create three-dimensional depiction of even the most complex events and concepts that are clearly and accurately to outside observers from any points of view.
A good example of the texts architecture concept’s application is this particular book. Its core is in the focus of the project which is reputation’s concept. It covered from different perspectives in different projections and with varying degrees of details. To ease this book for readers and developers all its sections are presented as topics in the coordinate system of the past – the future or the material – the spiritual.
You can read this book from any chapter and moving forward using any kind of links within the text.
Each chapter of the book is presented as a three-level metatext: the key message – justification – details.
Book’s electronic form (available at reputationbook.org) has multiforme type – text-graphical presentation of complementary video and audio tracks with set out in the chapter information’s transmission (but not literally duplicate).
In practice – in the reputation’s management- the texts architecture used to describe the three-dimensional construction of both the subject of reputation, and his actions. The basis for the text architectural project is the information’s core – a key idea, an event, an act. Then around this core hypertext is designed: core’s various sides (dimensions, attributes) description from different perspectives (positions). Naturally, each hypertext element has its own format (form, style), a distribution platform and other factors that make it more attractive and credible in observer’s position terms to which the text primarily addressed. Each text contains explicit or implicit reference to other hypertext system’s texts. However, their appearance in the information field may be used both simultaneously and via scenario which improves communication’s dramatic composition.
Hypertext system can have an infinite number of layers, when the texts of each of the next level are based on texts that are closer to the core.
This approach example is the collective fictional worlds’ embodiment (spontaneous or designed) – J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, F. Herbert’s Dune, G. Roddenberry’s Star Trek etc.) when a variety of authors in their own style and rhythm create their own stories within fictional world.
The hypertext system’s elements of can be built on the metatext’s principle with the classical newspaper’s approach where key materials are supported in the add-ons form: the experts’ comments, fact sheets, opinion columns, and so on. With metatext’s the supporting text can be placed on information storage and can be done in a different format (for example, video frame to other information resources which got additional details and supports the text of the main article).
Metatext allow you to attach the necessary depth and detail to the main text while not burdening the reader with unnecessary information. That is giving him the opportunity (optional) to decide to deepen his knowledge or not.
And the third method is text’s multiforme. This represents the same hypertext system’s element in different forms.
Once I came across a book with the disk attached to the paper version. This disk included audio tracks of all chapter and electronic version for reader. I’ve read it on paper at home, with my ears through the player in car and on reader at work in electronic form… And I was grateful to the author that he has given me such opportunity.
Besides convenience multiforme text improves the perception efficiency – every format of information’s presentation (text, sound, static and dynamic picture) has its possibilities and limitations. So if you combine them properly, there is a truly unique opportunity to convey to the reader the essence of the information, and the associated mood.
In modern world infographics has become the most up-to-date text’s multiform with its text-graphical information transmission. It is logical to assume that the next step will be a multi-level dynamic infographics: text with dynamic (cyclic) illustrations and the ability to get connection with other meta- and hypertext elements. The concept of texts architecture is not just techniques and algorithms but also creativity. Harmonically designed can create a real and tangible world. You need not to limit yourself to the usual forms and linear presentation. Tridimensional world requires tridimensional description.