The Problem with Hypertext
- Complex for Both Readers and Authors Building hypertexts that are more sophisticated than simple outlines can be very difficult, requiring authors to keep track of potentially moving links. Readers may simply get lost in the links.
- Interface Creation is Difficult Formatting links can be complex, especially links that may lead to multiple locations. If readers can't distinguish links from other content, they may quickly grow frustrated. (Sometimes this is fun to do deliberately, however.)
- Management is difficult Keeping track of links is extremely difficult when the texts they connect are in flux.
- Ambition It's easy to get ambitious with hypertext and try to set up things like 'conditional' links that only become active when other links have been followed. This makes management even harder.
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Copyright 2000 Simon St.Laurent