The term hypertext was coined by T.H. Nelson circa 1965 to describe text (later described as being words, pictures and sound) which is not constrained to be linear (i.e. sequential; Kahn et al, 1988; Nelson, 1990). In particular, hypertext can be viewed as text which contains links to other texts. A hypertext document can therefore be thought of as a collection of texts and the links between them which can logically be viewed as a single entity. There is no requirement that the constituent parts of a hypertext document must be stored as a single entity. An anchor within a hypertext document is defined as some collection of text which is the source or destination of a link. Figure 10.1 provides a simplistic view of the construction of a hypertext document.


Information Retrieval System Simplistic View Universal Resource Locator Index Search Gateway Server 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bebo White
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  1. 1.Stanford Linear Accelerator CenterStanfordUSA

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