Reading afternoon

Here are a few tips for reading afternoon, a story.

  1. Each one of the screens, which we will call “lexias,” has a title. The title is displayed at the top of the application’s window. Making notes of the titles of screens you are reading is one of the best ways to navigate the text and will be how you will have to refer to the text if you choose to write about it.
  2. You can advance through the hypertext’s default path by pressing “Enter” or “Return.”
  3. Alternatively, you can click on linked words to take a different path through the hypertext. That being said, there is no clear way to see which words are linked. If you click on a word, you will always move to a new lexia. But most of the time you will find that this word simply takes you along the default path.
  4. Guard fields within afternoon prevent you from accessing parts of the narrative—either by following the default path or by clicking on linked words— until you have read other parts of the narrative. It is one of the unique features of the Storyspace software.
  5. It is also not unusual to find yourself caught in small loops within portions of the story. Keep reading and notice differences as you go forward. Try to find a way out of the loop.
  6. If you click on the Back Arrow button in the toolbar or hit the “delete” key, you will move return to the previous screen. In this way, you can move backwards through what you’ve read, erasing the progress you’ve made.
  7. If you want to find a specific word that appears somewhere in the text, you can use Command-F to invoke the search function. Double-clicking on a lexia’s name will take you to that spot in the text.
  8. On each lexia, you can view the links that lead out of it by clicking on the book icon in the toolbar.
    You will see the name of the link (which is not necessarily the same as the word that invokes it), and if you click on a link name and click on “Follow” (or simple double-click), you will move to the new lexia.
  9. Clicking on the “H” button in the toolbar will return you to the opening page of the story.

For our first class on afternoon (29 September), you should spend at least 90 minutes reading the text. Yes, I really mean that.

Don’t get lost.

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