A Short History and Demonstration of the Dynamic Table of Contexts

  • Brent Nelson University of Saskatchewan
  • Stéfan Sinclair
  • Susan Brown
  • Milena Radzikowska
  • Mark Bieber
  • Stan Ruecker
Keywords: Book architecture, INKE, Textual studies, Knowledge environments


This paper presents a brief account of the form and function of the “table of contents” to establish a theoretical framework for understanding the form and function of this common element of book architecture with the aim of informing the development of a dynamic table of contexts for books and reading in the digital medium. This paper will thus theorize the relationship between textual studies and interface design in INKE, a project for Implementing New Knowledge Environments.

Author Biography

Brent Nelson, University of Saskatchewan
Brent Nelson is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan, 105 Administration Place, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 5A2. Email: brent.nelson@usask.ca