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Lab 1.3 Exercises

1.3.1. Identify the Difference Between the Concepts of Hypertext and a Hypertext System

Lab 1.2 described hypertext concepts. This lab described hypertext systems.

a) Must “hypertext” always be delivered by a “hypertext system”?

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In the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series, the book text is the “hypertext.”

A1:

Answer: When one thinks of a “hypertext system,” normally there is the belief that some “device” delivers the hypertext to the user. However, the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series is one example where there is no “device” in the traditional sense. Simply, choices made by the reader determine the “path” the story takes. Looking at it abstractly, something like the Encyclopedia Britannica is a hypertext system as there is no requirement to traverse the information linearly and the reader is free to choose which links he or she follows.

b) What is the “hypertext system” of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series?

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A2:

Answer: The book chapters are the hypertext nodes. The instructions for moving between the chapters are the hypertext links. The entire book is the hypertext system.


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