What was hypertext?

Paul Laforge: “The Wikipedia entry for hypertext fiction lists no works published after 2001, and although Wikipedia isn’t the final word on anything, you have to think, if someone had written a hypertext fiction, this is where they’d want to tell you about it. The form’s seeming demise is puzzling…”

For more, see http://nocategories.net/ephemera/the-death-of-hypertext/
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