Hypertext is a new thing that helps the reader and the writer. I think that hypertext can help the reader better understand what the writer is trying to get across if the writer has no limit on what he can say.
Hypertext is a block of text that has links of key words or phrases that go to a site that helps the reader under stand what in means in the writer’s context.
Hypertext is different than having the book of newspaper in your hands. The way its different is that the writer of the hypertext has no limit to what he is able to write. As to the paper book, the author is limited to what the editor and publisher want. Cyber space is a place where the writer can write as much as he wants and about what ever he wants.
Everybody is different, so if you are reading an article and you come across a link that interest you, you click on it and now your reading about something that interests you. On the other hand, your friend starts reading the same article and sees the link that you clicked on. But that doesn’t interest him, so he keeps reading a finds a different link. Now two people that started reading the same thing are going two different directions of their own liking.
Some challenges of reading hypertext are that the writer puts links to sites that have nothing to do with the base article. Or if the writer puts too many links in it can get hard to read and it’s distracting. This can be solved by a friendly message to the author telling them that you thought that you thought that there were a few too many links and if you could be wary to not put so many next time.
Some of the challenges of writing hypertext are what to write about, what key words you put into link to, and what sites should you link to. What to write about can be overcome by being assigned something to write. To solve the key words problem, you could write the whole thing first and then go back and pick out the words that help the topic the most. The linking problem can be solved by googling to word and the site that bests describes what you trying to say in the paper, then link to that one.
I need to consider what sites I am going to use when I’m writing hyper text. If I link a site that doesn’t have anything to do with the paper I wrote then it’s completely pointless to have that link.
One way that people learn things is by watching what other people do. So if you’re a reader of hypertext, you can use the things the other writers used to make something of your own.
I myself read hypertext everyday in the form of news or informational writing. Hypertext does go beyond words. If the writer wants a picture of the section he’s writing about and there’s no room on the page, he can link it to the title or a sentence in the section.
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