Sebelum menjelaskan tentang non Linear dalam hypertext, alangkah baiknya dijelaskan dulu tentang Linear..
Nah dari rpi.edu (Rensselaer Polytechnic institute) saya dapatkan penjelasannya seperti ini..
Sengaja tidak saya tulis dalam bahasa Indonesia karena takut ada kesalahan dalam penulisan, lebih baik dimengerti oleh pemahaman masing2… 🙂
Linear and non-linear are two distinctly different styles of thinking and writing. Linear writing is straight-line writing. Most papertext documents are linear. A linear document would have a fairly definite beginning, middle and ending. Most arguments are structured linearly with an introduction, supporting information, and a conclusion. Non-linear writing is more associative. Non-linear writing involves many different paths, sort of like this document. There may or may not be a beginning, but there is rarely a definite path or a single ending. This makes for a more reader-based document, and allows the reader to make choices.
Disorientation in navigation is defined here as a user’s perception of his/her uncertainty in location. While disorientation has been described as a major problem with hypertext use (e.g., Conklin, 1987; Jonassen & Grabinger, 1989; Thuring, Hannemann & Haake, 1995), some level of disorientation may be a good thing for the learner (Mayes, Kibby, & Anderson, 1990) as it forces her to use exploratory learning and to engage with and create a personal schematic representation of the content. Consequently, while the implementation of a three-dimensional spatial environment is technically feasible and would solve some disorientation problems for the learner, the use of such an environment with its visualization facilitation may provide the learner with too much information about locating information without letting the user discern the structure and meaning of the information.