a method of storing data through a computer program that allows a user to create and link fields of information at will and to retrieve the data nonsequentially.

Origin of hypertext

First recorded in 1970–75
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Examples from the Web for hypertext

Contemporary Examples of hypertext

  • Then he created an Internet version of his HyperText program, writing it in just a few hundred lines of Perl code.

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    You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

    Walter Isaacson

    October 19, 2014

  • Hypertext: If you want to be in charge, you can no longer look like you are from Mars.

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    Obama's Power Ties

    Vanessa Friedman

    December 1, 2009

Historical Examples of hypertext

  • Hypertext replaces sequential text, and thus a universe of connections is established.

  • An added table of contents provides links (in the hypertext version) to sections or pages in each of the three parts.

British Dictionary definitions for hypertext



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
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Word Origin and History for hypertext

1969, from hyper- + text (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hypertext in Science



A computer-based text retrieval system that enables a user to access particular locations or files in webpages or other electronic documents by clicking on links within specific webpages or documents.
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hypertext in Culture


The entire chain of hyperlinks that connects a series of related Web pages.

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