21 June 2013

Hyperlinks and Allusions

The 16th Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style says that navigation is central organizing principle of web-based publications.  "Readers will typically consult smaller pieces of content and will expect to be able to click through many parts of a work in a very short period of time."  One of my favorite exercises is to create a patchwork of references to excellent things, thereby appropriating (as it were) all the collected excellence of those others into one hub.  Hyperlinked text makes the fecundity of this sort of construction more readily apparent (since one's readers need not be in the know in order to appreciate the unmarked citations implicit in a text), and transforms a riddle-box piece of writing into one that deconstructs itself.