Andrews, Tara L. and van Zundert, Joris J. (2018). What Are You Trying to Say? The Interface as an Integral Element of Argument. In: Digital Scholarly Editions as Interfaces, 12, pp. 3-33. BoD. ISBN 978-3-7481-0925-9

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Abstract

Graphical interfaces to digital scholarly editions are usually regarded as disconnected from the content of the edition, enough so that an argument has developed against the use of interfaces at all. We argue in this paper that the indifference and even hostility to interfaces is caused by a widespread incomprehension of their argumentative utility. In a pair of case studies of published digital editions, we conduct a detailed examination of the argument their interface makes, and compare these interface rhetorics with the stated intentions of the editors, exposing a number of contradictions between ‘word’ and ‘deed’ in the interface designs. We end by advocating for an explicit consideration of the semiotic significance of the elements of a user interface: that editors reflect on what aspect of the argument their interface expresses, and how that is adding, or perhaps subtracting, from the points they wish to make.

Item Type: Book Section, Proceedings Item or annotation in a legal commentary
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Andrews, Tara L.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
van Zundert, Joris J.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Editors:
EditorsEmailORCID
Bleier, RomanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bürgermeister, MartinaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Klug, Helmut W.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Neuber, FrederikeUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schneider, GerlindeUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-91064
Series Name at the University of Cologne: Schriften des Instituts für Dokumentologie und Editorik
Publisher: BoD
ISBN: 978-3-7481-0925-9
Volume: 12
Subjects: Data processing Computer science
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH)
Language: English
Date: 2018
Related URLs:
Refereed: Yes
Page Range: pp. 3-33
Title of Book: Digital Scholarly Editions as Interfaces
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/9106

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