and sophistication in design
- Simplifies the design of complex systems. We can visualize
each one as a collection of objects, manipulate objects to achieve most
- Allows frequent changes to design, rather than lock-in. You
can refine as you build, rather than getting stuck with quirks of
- Encourages consistent, functional interface and layout
- Increases the speed at which we can put together new collections,
anthologies, reissues of existing information.
- Makes rapid development possible through prototyping,
- Increases speed at which editors can revise legacy paper
documents for online delivery.
- Speeds searches and makes them more precise and accurate.
- Dovetails with databases for documents-on-demand.
- Each object is tested on its own, works, then is
integrated into larger organization.
- Increases ability to reuse materials in new packages,
new media, new contexts, many not yet foreseen.
- Clarifies what must be updated on any given subject,
what other objects are impacted.
- Works well in client-server, distributed, networked, even
parallel computing environments.
- Strengthens a focus on structure
- Strengthens consistency across documents, lessens
individual twists and turns
- Reduces focus on document releases, shifts attention to
constant updates. Documents become snapshots of current
- Encourages collaboration with professionals in the
MIS, IS, or DP groups.
- Enables an intelligent enterprise model: full visual
representation of the business, with every object hot.