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iOS killed my hypertext project

Hi - I wrote a hypertext autobiographical project in html (with lots of help) in the early 200os and it was published by a digital magazine but when they converted to adapt to iOS - they could not convert my piece without rebuilding it. Ive also been using it in my teaching - I teach creative writing - so I would like it to be available. I’ve been checking out story space but I’m not that techie - I’m looking for help - insights - I don’t even know if this is a good option. Thanks

Hi, welcome to the forum.

It’s not quite clear what the problem is. Are you saying the only copy you have is broken (due to modifications for use with iOS)? That does seen odd however, as generally running on iOS doesn’t affect HTML beyond the work beyond the smaller screen size and form factor and haptic vs normal keyboard input. If you were using Flash, that’s now officially dead on all platforms with support being withdrawn by most browsers/OSs.

Storyspace is certainly a suitable tool for hypertext authoring. If you want that hypertext in HTML form you’ll need Tinderbox to do the export. Depending on your hypertext design (not enough info above) likely you may only need hypertext.

Being online, is your hypertext viewable via a public URL? If a private URL by all means sent me a forum private message and I’ll take a look in confidence.

Bottom line, though it sounds like Tinderbox is a suitable answer, without a closer look at the conplexity of your hypertext it is hard to be definitive.

Thank you for responding. It was originally an html project and a digital magazine published it but when the magazine updated and changed its platform so it could be read in iOS - my story could no longer be read. Other issues were broken links to the web and the advent of more insights on the theory (what we know now) as well as the story about the murder of my brother. So I needed to make changes in that respect.

I didn’t build the original html site. It was a grad school project. I wrote and designed it and someone set it up for me and told me what and where to type in code- did all the editing - etc. I can’t remember the name of the program. It’s probably defunct and I would be hard pressed to pull this off again on my own. I’m only somewhat proficient technically and in the past I always had people around to do it for me.

It’s a fairly simple linear set up - not that many nodes or choices. But offers lots of pop up windows with photos and more details - It wouldn’t be the same story if it weren’t a decentered narrative. Plus I like to use it in classes as an example of segmented mosaic digital storytelling.

So I’ve been looking for solutions. I would be fine with it in html if that’s all I can pull together. But I don’t know how to do it. I can build simple word press sites but the complex stuff is out of my reach. I open to any suggestions - guidance.

If the original HTMl site exists, that should be your first port of call. You mention pop-up windows which may have been done via JavaScript, but that’s not insurmountable.

I think the first task it to recover the HTML site into an editable/re-publishable form, though from your comments above that might likely tax you own expertise. Thus I wonder if it might be worth contacting the Electronic Literature Lab at WSU (Vancouver). Dene Grigar’s group are heavily into preservation of e-lit and it strikes me your task might be a nice student project: i.e. a real task with an actual payoff whilst still being a learning/training task for the student. I don’t the work is inherently complex, but more having the appropriate range of skills and the time to devote to the task. I think your choice of tool is probably better deferred to when you have a better delineation of what needs doing in what form, though I suspect Tinderbox would likely be more use in recreating a Web-delivered HTML hypertext.

Does that help any?

This sounds like it would benefit from using Cordova, an open-source toolchain for wrapping HTML in a native device browser. It neatly lets you publish to a number of platforms (iOS, android, the web, …), but it’s a command line tool and needs a certain amount of expertise to generate the final installation packages - on the up side, if you can get someone to help realise that aspect, you can send most of the packages it published to the various app stores.

One shortcoming you’d have with a Cordova solution is that you only have one web view - you wouldn’t be able to open pop-up windows, but there may be other ways (or Cordova plugins) to handle that.