Interface Metaphors
There is a final group of hypertexts that I want to mention, even though I did not include them as a category: Texts that are structured around the metaphor of a particular software interface, usually an interface that was popular at the time the webtext was written. An early example of this genre is Anthony Rue's "The Case of Object #143 or A Manifesto of CineTextual Writing" (Kairos 1.1, 1996), which is designed and written as a series of MOO logs turned into HTML pages. More recently, Susan Loudermilk Garza and Tommy Hern published their webtext, "Using Wikis as Collaborative Writing Tools: Something Wiki This Way Comes--Or Not!" (Kairos 10.1, 2005) inside of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi wiki (which I found pretty entertaining until I wandered off into some of the wiki support pages and got totally lost), and Tim Lindgren nailed the look of a blogging site in his webtext, "Blogging Places" (Kairos 10.1, 2005). Most recently Rich Rice and Cheryl Ball's "Reading the Text: Remediating the Text" (Kairos 10.2, 2006) remediate metaphors from a DVD in their video-rich webtext. Although these are fascinating hypertexts, I decided not to include interface metaphors as a category in the next section because each of these texts uses one of the organizing patterns described earlier in this section along with its interface metaphor so it made more sense to stick with the original eight patterns, though Rice and Ball's engaging work integrates the DVD menu metaphor so thoroughly into its hypertextual structure that I may soon need to revisit this decision.