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technique for organizing computer databases or documents to facilitate the nonsequential retrieval of information. Related pieces of information are connected by preestablished or user-created links that allow a user to follow associative trails across the database. The linked data may be in a text, graphic, audio, or video format, allowing for multimediamultimedia,
in personal computing, software and applications that combine text, high-quality sound, two- and three-dimensional graphics, animation, photo images, and full-motion video.
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 presentations; when more formats than text are linked together, the technique is often referred to as hypermedia. Hypertext applications offer a variety of tools for very rapid searches for specific information; they are particularly useful for working with voluminous amounts of text, as are found in an encyclopedia or a repair and maintenance manual. See also information storage and retrievalinformation storage and retrieval,
the systematic process of collecting and cataloging data so that they can be located and displayed on request. Computers and data processing techniques have made possible the high-speed, selective retrieval of large amounts of information for
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; World Wide WebWorld Wide Web
(WWW or W3), collection of globally distributed text and multimedia documents and files and other network services linked in such a way as to create an immense electronic library from which information can be retrieved quickly by intuitive searches.
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See G. P. Landow, ed., Hyper/Text/Theory (1994); J. A. Lennon, Hypermedia Systems and Applications: World Wide Web and Beyond (1997); D. Lowe and W. Hall, Hypermedia and the Web: An Engineering Approach (1999).


(computer science)
A data structure in which there are links between words, phrases, graphics, or other elements and associated information so that selection of a key object can activate a linkage and reveal the information.


computer software and hardware that allows users to create, store, and view text and move between related items easily and in a nonsequential way; a word or phrase can be selected to link users to another part of the same document or to a different document


A term coined by Ted Nelson around 1965 for a collection of documents (or "nodes") containing cross-references or "links" which, with the aid of an interactive browser program, allow the reader to move easily from one document to another.

The extension of hypertext to include other media - sound, graphics, and video - has been termed "hypermedia", but is usually just called "hypertext", especially since the advent of the World-Wide Web and HTML.


A linkage between related information. Hypertext is the foundation of the World Wide Web, enabling users to click on a link to obtain more information on a subsequent page on the same site or from a website anywhere in the world. Hypertext is the umbrella term for all links, whether appearing as text (word, phrase or sentence) or as an icon or other graphical element, the latter technically called a "hypergraphic." The terms "hypertext," "hyperlink" and "link" are also used synonymously. See hypermedia, live link and virtual hypertext.

The term was coined by Ted Nelson in 1963, but his vision was more expansive than the one-way links of today's Web. Nelson proposed two-way linking and support for non-hierarchical organization (for more information, visit www.xanadu.com).

The World Wide Web = Hypertext
The Web was developed in the early 1990s by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau at the CERN European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneva, Switzerland. Whether the Web embodied hypertext as Nelson envisioned it or not, the linking of one item to another created the largest information explosion the world has ever witnessed.

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This conduct is generally considered to be trademark infringement, and a court will enjoin the use of that metatext.
were told or written in a special ideologico-political context and knowing the context and the metatext for a particular parable facilitated considerably the task of the interpreter.
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27) Speaking of contemporary women's writing's body-texts, I think that bifocal vision implies a parallel perception of the restful feminine literary tradition and of (its) restless, ironic, feminist metatext, that is, a simultaneous reading of the ideologically prescribed, engendering, disciplining text of "femininity" written on the body and of the self-conscious feminist, daring, other voices, the poetic, political, playful subversive (re)writings from the heterogeneous body.
This sequence, moving from text to metatext, from knowledge to meta-knowledge, is independent of the subject matter of the study.
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This theme of the reincarnation of the living describes the uneasy relationship that subtitles have to speech and invites us to see the subtitled version of Red as a metatext.
I also put here under this term, which imposes itself on the model of language/metalanguage, metatextuality, the transtextual relation which unites a commentary with the text on which it comments: all literary critiques, for centuries, produced a metatext without knowing it.
Using a narrative style that is deliberately ambiguous, fragmented, or distorted, she often creates a metatext that acts as a counterpoint to the primary text, offering multiple versions of a story and surprise endings.
Ultimately, Derrida's project seems to resonate with Nietzsche's politico-ethical problematic of gift-giving; the Levinasian critique of the eternal temptation to totality; and Eco's interpretation of Allais' Drame as a metatext, halfway in between the engravings of Escher and a pastiche a la Borges.