17.443 taking exception to taking exception to popups

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 443.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

       [1] From: Humanist <dgants@rogers.com> (20)
             Subject: FW: Re Techne / reply to T Orlandi

       [2] From: Stewart Arneil <sarneil@uvic.ca> (17)
             Subject: Re: 17.435 taking exception to pop-ups

             Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 10:12:23 +0000
             From: Humanist <dgants@rogers.com>
             Subject: FW: Re Techne / reply to T Orlandi

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    From: Hypermedia Joyce Studies <hypermedia_joyce@yahoo.co.uk>
    Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2003 16:24:04 +0000 (GMT)
    To: humanist@Princeton.EDU

    Dear Mr Orlandi and Humanist list members,

    In response to Mr Orlandi's post (below) regarding the link for TECHNE:
    JAMES JOYCE, HYPERTEXT & TECHNOLOGY which I sent to the list last week--I
    must say that I am unaware of any possible problem with multiple windows
    launching as a consequence of linking to the authhor's website
    <http://www.geocities.com/louis_armand/techne.html> The site is a
    conventional geocities free site with a single, small, pop-up
    advertisement. Whilst I am sorry for any difficulty encountered by Mr
    Orlandi, I should not wish those who may have an interest in this book to
    be discouraged from viewing the site--which contains basic ordering &
    bibliographical details, as well as an extract from the book's preface. If
    anyone, however, does encounter problems of the variety described by Mr
    Orlandi, I suggest they direct their concerns directly to Yahoo! Geocities.


    Louis Armand

             Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 10:16:32 +0000
             From: Stewart Arneil <sarneil@uvic.ca>
             Subject: Re: 17.435 taking exception to pop-ups

    >On the other hand, researchers should be alerted on the fact that
    >their pages should be as austere and simple as the normal printed
    >academic books.

    It seems to me we should be careful about claims like this, for at least
    two reasons: 1) The normal printed academic book is anything but an austere
    and simple artefact, it just seems that way to people who are adept at
    using them. There has been endless ink (real and virtual) spilled on the
    difficulties of "simply reproducing" a book in an electronic format. 2)
    Simply reproducing a book electronically probably isn't a good idea. Each
    technology has its strengths and weaknesses in terms of what it can do, and
    how best to do it. I wouldn't want to judge an online resource by the
    standards used for a book any more than I'd judge a book by the standards
    appropriate to oral epics.

    Stewart Arneil
    Head of Research and Development, Humanities Computing and Media Centre,
    University of Victoria, Canada

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