Metaphorical Perspectives on Hypertext

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This essay examines the dominant metaphors that define and describe three basic components of hypertext (texts, nodes, and links), arguing that they contribute in central ways to the current treatment of this technology in technical communication. It includes a brief overview of the way metaphors filter computer-based tasks and functions, a discussion of hypertext metaphors of identity and the realms from which they are commonly appropriated, and some corollary implications for students and teachers of technical communication. In general, this essay contends that hypertext design choices are both productively and unproductively shaped by social as well as technological forces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-67
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Professional Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Industrial relations
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Linguistics and Language


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