Hypertext Structure as the Event of Connection

Adrian Miles

Abstract


Hypertext linking is regarded as a key element of identifying or building hypertext structure. However, links provide a nonlinguistic excess that has generally been under-theorised in hypertext criticism. When combined with the role of teleological contextualisation in interpretation links have been largely misunderstood. This paper utilises the example of cinema in relation to hypertext to explore alternative conceptions of links and the relation of meaning in hypertext to narrative teleology suggesting connections to other practices of argument that may be relevant to structure.

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