Linking Styles and Strategies: A Definition
While I certainly will not try to define hypertext here, I will try to explain what I mean by "linking styles and strategies," and explain why they are so important to me and this essay. Much of the cognitive structure and the epistemological underpinnings of a webbed document rely on how the hypertext tool of the link  is used; how an author connects the nodes in a hypertext says much about how he or she expects a reader to accept, engage, or appropriate the text. In other words, the author still plays an important role in defining the reader/text relationship, since hypertext style influences how a reader can interact with a text. I often hear people -- including our staff -- discussing the larger design of a hypertext: is it a "native hypertext" that was composed in a decentered style, or is it a marked-up, linear essay that essentially uses a few "next page" links? What I don't hear discussed as often are the deeper issues that lie behind how an author linked nodes together. Allow me to throw out a few of these possible questions and ideas: Questions like these have a lot more to do with the very essence of hypertext theory and style than we often admit; they deal with how the author has set up a hypertext for the reader... how the author has (or has not) empowered the reader to take control of her own reading act.

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