A very sophisticated example of hypertext links can be found at the Victorian Web. Here you can move, by way of hypertext links, from one topic to another. Each linked topic here happens to be on the same computer, but they can just as easily be on different ones, and in fact the Web makes use of this capability in every document.
If I can link from one text to another, I can also link from a text to other media; so hypermedia is simply a slight extension of this concept. I can link to any type of medium my computer can support; this is what my students and I made use of in this hypermedia edition of Robert Browning's poem about the painter Andrea del Sarto. End of examples; as you "surf the web," you will very quickly come to understand this rather abstract concept in a very practical way.
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