Vannevar Bush first proposed the basics of hypertext in 1945 in his article: As We May Think, introducing his concept of the memex.



Tim Berners-Lee apparently named his precursor of the World Wide WebENQUIRE, after this work in 1980. He said that its title was suggestive of magic and the book served as a portal to a world of information. He thought it not a perfect analogy for the Web, but a primitive starting point.



The Cave of Time  

You’re The Star! 40 Thrilling  Endings!Will You Become Trapped  In Time ?You  are hiking in Snake Canyon when you find yourself  lost in the strange, dimly lit Cave of Time.  Gradually you can make out two passageways. One curves  downward to the right; the other leads upward to  the left. It occurs to you that the one leading  down may go to the past and the one leading up may  go to the future. Which way will you  choose?If you take the left branch, turn to page 20.  If you take the right branch, turn to page 61. If  you walk outside the cave, turn to page 21. Be  careful! In the Cave of Time you might meet up with  a hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex, or be lured aboard an  alien spaceship!What happens  next in the story? It all depends on the choices you  make. How does the story end? Only you can find  out! And the best part is that you can keep  reading and rereading until you’ve had not one but many  incredibly daring experiences!

Should I Text Him? Flowchart


Thinking Hypermedia.

A Short History of Hypertext.

This laid the foundation for Tim Berners-Lee and others to invent the principles behind the World Wide Web:

HTML (hypertext markup language)

HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol

URLs (Universal Resource Locators)

Landow, George P. Hypertext 2.0: The Convergence of Contemporary Critical Theory and Technology. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1997. p. 89.

George Landow’s publications page – Books and Monographs

George Landow, Paul Delany, ‘Hypertext, Hypermedia and Literary Studies: The State of the Art’ (1991), Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality, eds. Randall Packer, Ken Jordan, New York: W.W. Norton, 2001, p. 225-235

Cybertarts by George Landow
The Definition of Hypertext and Its History as a Concept


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