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The History of Hypertext

by Jakob Nielsen on February 1, 1995

Summary: Hypertext has a surprisingly rich history compared to most phenomena in the personal computer industry, especially considering that most people had not heard of it until a few years ago. I have been to talks at major conferences where the speakers were ignorant of any hypertext developments preceding the introduction of the WWW. Table 3.1 gives an overview of the history of hypertext; the major events are discussed in more detail in this chapter.