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What is HyperText and HyperMedia?

Hypertext is a text which contains links to other texts. The term was invented by Ted Nelson around 1965.

Hypertext is therefore usually non-linear (as indicated below).

Definition of Hypertext

HyperMedia is not constrained to be text-based. It can include other media, e.g., graphics, images, and especially the continuous media - sound and video. Apparently, Ted Nelson was also the first to use this term.

Definition of HyperMedia

The World Wide Web (WWW) is the best example of hypermedia applications.

Dave Marshall