hypertext


hy·per·text

noun \ˈhī-pər-ˌtekst\

computers : an arrangement of the information in a computer database that allows a user to get information and to go from one document to another by clicking on highlighted words or pictures

Full Definition of HYPERTEXT

:  a database format in which information related to that on a display can be accessed directly from the display; also :  material (as text) in this format
hy·per·tex·tu·al \ˌhī-pər-ˈteks-chə-wəl, -chəl\ adjective

First Known Use of HYPERTEXT

1965

Rhymes with HYPERTEXT

hypertext

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Linking of related information by electronic connections in order to allow a user easy access between them. Conceptualized by Vannevar Bush (1945) and invented by Douglas Engelbart in the 1960s, hypertext is a feature of some computer programs that allows the user to select a word and receive additional information, such as a definition or related material. In Internet browsers, hypertext links (hotlinks) are usually denoted by highlighting a word or phrase with a different font or colour. Hypertext links create a branching or network structure that permits direct, unmediated jumps to related information. Hypertext has been used most successfully as an essential feature of the World Wide Web (see HTML; HTTP). Hyperlinks may also involve objects other than text (e.g., selecting a small picture may provide a link to a larger version of the same picture).

Variants of HYPERTEXT

hypertext or hyperlink

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