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Definition: virtual hypertext


A hypertext link that is dynamically created by software. Virtual hypertext eliminates the need to have predefine links in the text and avoids the underlined words that break the smooth flow of reading a sentence. Virtual hypertext embodies the true meaning of hypertext as coined by Ted Nelson in the 1960s (see hypertext). See smart tags and overlinking.




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