Coined by Ted Nelson around 1965, non-sequential text with free user movement, called hypertext in “Literary Machine”

It is non-sequential writing — text that branches and enable choices to readers, without the need to follow a predetermined path.

Hypertext can also be interpreted as a database format in which information related to that on a display can be accessed directly from the display

He also brought up the concept of transclusion, which include parts of documents within other documents by reference.

He envisioned an utopia, a global hypertext system (Xanadu) where all data was stored once, no deletions, and every information can be accessed through a links 1, and everyone would be paid fairly for their work.


  1. Interview with Ted Nelson