Exploding Webs of Hypertext
Critical Mass Creates an Unmanageable Explosion
- The New Flexibility HTML made it possible to create an enormous number of different site architectures. The hierarchical models of Gopher and FTP directories remained available, but any kind of cross-linking was possible. Perhaps most important was the ability to link to other sites without having to coordinate linking, which helped the Web bind tighter and made splitting up site design simpler.
- Enough Power to be Pretty The IMG tag, which opened enormous new commercial and other possibilities, is itself a hyperlink, including images in documents by reference.
- Everyone an Architect HTML lowered the barriers to hypertext design significantly, letting all kinds of people, from programmers to graphic designers, become Web site architects.
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