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This Handbook critically examines research and theoretical issues that impact writing development from the early years through to adulthood. It provides those researching or teaching literacy with one of the most academically authoritative and comprehensive works in the field. With expert contributors from across the world, the book represents a detailed and valuable overview of a complex area of study.

Hypertext and Writing
Hypertext and writing

This chapter treats recent empirical research on hypertext and writing. Hypertext was defined by whom many take to be its earliest theorizer, Theodor Nelson, thus:

By ‘hypertext’, I mean nonsequential writing— text that branches and allows choices to the readers, best read at an interactive screen. As popularly conceived, this is a series of text chunks connected by links which offer the reader different pathways. (Nelson, 1981; quoted in Landow, 1992: 4)

More recently, in the glossary to their influential volume, Remediation: Understanding new media, Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin define hypertext as:

A method of organizing and presenting text in the computer. Textual units of various sizes are presented to the reader in an order that is determined, at least in ...

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