Hypertext most often refers to text on a computer that will lead the user to other, related information on demand. (read more) The world wide web is an example of a hypertextual environment. A hypertextual narrative, (called a hypertext fiction if in textual form) allows the reader, user or viewer to navigate through many permutations of story. Many computer games (e.g. Oblivion) are a form of hypertextual narrative.

A hypertextual narrative can be seen as being formed of a web of interconnected scenes, or nodes. Each scene can be reached from a specific set of other scenes and from which the user/viewer may access another set of scenes. The ability of Spider and later-developed software to allow the cyber-dancer to freely select scenes (nonlinearly) allowed him/her to experiment with the narrative composition of a piece in the performance laboratory as a hypertextual narrative.

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