from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A computer-based text retrieval system that enables a user to access particular locations in webpages or other electronic documents by clicking on links within specific webpages or documents.

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  • n. Digital text in which the reader may navigate related information through embedded hyperlinks.
  • n. A hypertext document.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. machine-readable text that is not sequential but is organized so that related items of information are connected


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hyper- +‎ text; coined by Ted Nelson circa 1965.


  • Postmodern scholars typically use the term hypertext to illustrate how a creative work is an amalgam of various sources and inspirations and how the work itself inspires endless new avenues of exploration for the reader, viewer, or, in this case, the player.

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  • Hypermedia definition • Hypermedia is used as a logical extension of the term hypertext in which graphics, audio, video, plain text and hyperlinks intertwine to create a generally non-linear medium of information.

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  • This hypertext is a diplomatic facsimile of the first edition of Mary Robinson's Letter to the Women of England on the Injustice of Mental Subordination, published in

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  • I diddled around with writing stories in hypertext, but was never satisfied with the result; they seemed to me either confusing or aimless or simply mechanistic, and at best I came up with something so voluminous that I couldn't possibly complete it in one lifetime.

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  • I think these jumps have always been assumed to have a minimal response time, otherwise the usefulness to the reader consuming the hypertext is severely compromised.

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  • He effectively thinks in hypertext, which causes him to make an enthusiastic point about, say, nuclear disarmament when he has simply been asked if he has the time.

    Waldo Jaquith - Interview with Peter Griesar.

  • I agree, Mark, but at the same time I find that what is commonly described as hypertext and what is commonly described as stretchtext are so different that to say it is the same is problematic.

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  • In recent news, a federal jury ruled that Microsoft violated a patent held by a company named Eolas regarding a mechanism for embedding objects within hypertext documents, which directly impacts the plugin technology used by Internet Explorer — and most other visual browsers in use today.

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  • Theodor Holm Nelson, the inventor of the terms hypertext and hypermedia, is on a mission to transform the world of electronic documents.

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  • This hypertext is strictly for educational purposes, not to be sold, in whole or in part.

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