Hypertext: An Introduction and Survey (Excerpt)
J. Conklin

Oct 6, 1999


Conklin provided a snapshot of the hypertext systems available at the time of the article. However part of the assumptions and characteristics inherent to some of the systems did permeate the paper as inherent to hypertext/hypermedia as a whole. Since then, concepts of this paper, however useful, have been evolved. For instance the conception of what is a first class object in a hypertext has changed, and even though authors still do not agree on what is hypertext (as I experienced in Hypertext 1999) they have a broader and more conceptual vision that the one inbred in Conklin's paper. In addition, the discussion about "lost in hyperspace" is outdated.