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ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS), Volume 4 Issue 1, Jan. 1986

TEXTNET: a network-based approach to text handling
Randall H. Trigg, Mark Weiser
Pages: 1-23
DOI: 10.1145/5401.5402
Textnet is a new system for structuring text. The Textnet approach uses one uniform data structure to capture graphlike pools of text, as well as embedded hierarchical structures. By using a semantic network formalism of nodes connected by typed...

Whiteboards: a graphical database tool
James Donahue, Jennifer Widom
Pages: 24-41
DOI: 10.1145/5401.5403
The “Whiteboards” system is intended to be an electronic equivalent of the whiteboards and corkboards that we have in our offices. A Whiteboard database has similar qualities of storing disparate collections of data and saving their...

The spatial metaphor for user interfaces: experimental tests of reference by location versus name
William P. Jones, Susan T. Dumais
Pages: 42-63
DOI: 10.1145/5401.5405
The enduring dichotomy between spatial and symbolic modes of representation and retrieval acquires an added pragmatic dimension through recent developments in computer-based information retrieval. The standard name-based approach to object...

Complete logical routings in computer mail systems
P. Martin, D. Tsichritzis
Pages: 64-80
DOI: 10.1145/5401.5404
The logical routing of a message in a computer mail system involves the identification and location of the set of intended recipients for that message. This function is carried out by the naming and addressing mechanism of the...