The Electronic Labyrinth

Node Contents

On paper, the information encountered at a hypertext node may be either text, graphics, or a combination of the two. It is these media that we will be directly concerned with in this study. Hypertext software sometimes adds support for sound, animation, video, or video disc control. In these cases, the products are often referred to under the rubric "multimedia." Such products are more likely to use the storyboard or film editing suite as the overriding production metaphor. Multimedia creators are more like film directors/producers than book authors/editors.

There is a tendency in the jargon-saturated software industry to use the term "hypermedia" to describe hypertext software which supports sound, video, and so on. Given that "text" can be taken to mean any content, not just alphabetical characters, hypermedia becomes a redundant term.

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