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The link is perhaps the single most revolutionary device within the web. While it shares certain attributes with the footnote, the endnote, and the citation, it lacks the long evolution that distinguish our print-based traditions of pointing readers to new and related materials. As a result, what it gains in immediacy it loses in its ability to reliably deliver not only the material its author intended to be delivered, but often over time, its ability to deliver anything at all. Through a survey of existing and emerging link architectures, and their expression in commercial browsers, this talk looks at a number of allied questions surrounding linking in particular, and the construction of hypermedia environments in general. In short, how do we evaluate the quality of thought within hypermedia scholarship?

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