Linked variations : authoring-system specific link construction and the analysis of hypertext literature
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Any analysis of a work of hypertext narrative literature depends upon an often unacknowledged definition of the hypertext link that attribute to the link a set of characteristics and behaviors that are reflected in the analysis' conclusions. This definition is very often applied across multiple hypertextual works created on a variety of authoring-systems, regardless of any differences that may exit among these systems. In this thesis, I argue that any definition of the link that does not take into account the specific ways in which a particular system constructs the link will fail to accurately describe the role played by the link within the work in question. To support this argument, I examine three separate authoring-systems, each revealing a distinct conception of the link and its possibilities as a narrative tool.
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