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Chapter 1. Understanding Hypertext Systems > Lab 1.2 Hypertext Concepts

Lab 1.2 Hypertext Concepts

Spoken language is a series of words, and so is conventional writing. We are used to sequential writing and so we come easily to suppose that writing is intrinsically sequential. It need not be and should not be.

Many people believe these forms of writing [hypertext] to be new and drastic and threatening. However, I would like to take the position that hypertext is fundamentally traditional and in the mainstream of literature. Customary writing chooses one expository sequence from among the possible myriad; hypertext allows many, all available to the reader.

—Ted Nelson, 1993

Lab Objectives

After this lab, you will be able to:

  • Explore the Nonlinear Nature of Hypertext

  • Identify Examples of Nonlinear Text

  • Define Hypertext and Hypermedia



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