Hypertext is text that can contain a links or links to other texts. Hypertext isn’t linear, which means that you are not reading in a straight line. You or anybody else reading that piece of information can take a different way and read different things. Hypertext was created by Ted Nelson in 1965. Ted Nelson was the first to use this term. Some of the key points are the difference between paper text and hypertext, the challenges for both the readers and writers in using hypertext, what you should consider in a hyperlink text, and how it helps a reader.
There are many differences between paper text and hypertext. One difference is that paper text is in books, newspaper, magazines etc. Also paper texts do not take you to another website. Another way is that paper text is linear and the author creates a direction or path for the reader to go which helps the reader understand the text better. There are not many places to go or read if not any. Lastly a paper text is different from a hypertext by that a paper text creates the same image for every reader.
Next are the challenges that face a reader from reading hypertext. One challenge is that there might be many different hyperlinks in text and each one can lead down a different path. Another challenge is that you can be reading through your hypertext and get all the way through it and forget what you just read at the end because it might not be what you wanted to read. The reader should also take there time while reading because hypertexts can be wordy. Lastly you have to remember what you have read and what you have read so that you do not re-read a section you do not have to read.
Now are the challenges that face a writer from hypertext. The writer can not make the hypertext wordy or long or it will make the reader stop reading. They also have to put the hypertext in correct order so that it does not confuse the reader. The reader also has to choose the right hypertext that will not make the reader bored or a hypertext that is too confusing. Lastly the writer has to have good word choice so that it makes the reader want to read more.
There are many things that you should consider in your hypertext. You cannot repeat yourself in your hypertext. You also cannot confuse the reader with too much information that is needed or not needed. You also have to help them understand your concept better and not make them wonder what they just read. If you take these things into consideration your reader should have an easy time reading your piece and understanding the hypertext.
Reading hypertext can also help a reader become a better writer because it helps you learn a lot. It helps you prioritize what is important and what is not important. Using hypertext also can help you have a better understanding of a concept or what you just read. Lastly hypertext can help you with reading other people’s writing because you will have a better understanding of hypertext. These tips or ideas should help you with hypertexts.
Hypertext can really help a reader or just confuse the reader. When you get to a hypertext that involves pictures, video, and power points it starts to get hard. Now that you know some key points to writing and reading hypertext it should help you in the future. It should be easier for you to read and write your next hypertext. These tips and advice should help you.
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