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Choosing a chunk type

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One important design principle for cutting information into chunks is that the chunks should be small and well-defined. Assuming that the network can deliver a new chunk without too much delay, and assuming that it is easier to chase a link than to scroll down the screen, it is better to divide a large section into pieces small enough that each will fit on a screen.

Chunking is also good psychology. It's easier to deal with one idea at a time. So, put one idea on a page, and let the reader absorb that idea, and then follow a link to get the next one.

Here are some of the commoner types of chunks:


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John Shipman, john@nmt.edu
Last updated: 1995/12/19 18:39:54 UT
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