Hyperlinks are what made the web what it is and scaling it up to the next level is what the buk platform and its “Deep Hyperlink” technology is aiming for.
A “Deep Hyperlink” is a permanent URL for a position or a range within a web document.
If a web page has significant amount of content, regular “hyperlinks” are too general, lacking necessary specificity. Let’s say you want to quote a certain part of a Wikipedia article called “Hyperlink,” like below in your blog.
The term “hyperlink” was coined in 1965 (or possibly 1964) by Ted Nelson at the start of Project Xanadu.
The quoted content and its link are not close enough, so that you have to post a URL that is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperlink and the part you want to quote. To see the context of the quote later, you or your friend may have to search for the specific quote from the Wikipedia article accessed by its URL.
Using a “Deep Hyperlink,” however improves on this scenario. Instead, the quote becomes a link, like this:
Feel free to click the link above to see where it takes you. Now let’s say we apply a “Deep Hyperlink” to e-book content, the following quote by Oscar Wilde is no longer an isolated chunk of text, but instead becomes a gateway to the actual book content.
How about non-fiction books? They require a balanced exposure and here you will find a great example — a few pages around the exact quotation to let the potential reader see the context around it, before asking for purchase. Click the following quote to see how it works.
While the word cyber had its genesis in science fiction, its use in military jargon quickly came to mean, in it its broadest sense, computers and the networks that bind them together.
- Richard Stiennon, THERE WILL BE CYBERWAR, IT-Harvest Press
“Deep Hyperlink” is a new technology in an early stage that a startup, Buk.io has developed about a year ago. Please take a look at https://buk.io for more information and feel free to share your thoughts and comments on this blog. I look forward to your feedback.