While some of the most influential literary hypertexts were created in programs like Eastgate System's Storyspace designed to let you read through a locally stored text, these days a majority of computer users have far easier access to the internet than to such programs. Web media, though a rapidly developing field, lacks a lot of the built-in ease of Storyspace. There are no intrinsic equivalents to one-to-many links and visualized story webs in XHTML or CSS, much less even more adaptable elements like randomly targeted links.
Fixing the Problem
being able to choose the destination, rather than simply follow a set path of links, gives much greater control to the reader. A great deal of emphasis seems to be placed on this reader empowerment in discussions of hypermedia, so what better way to realize it than implementing a way to choose multiple destinations from what otherwise appears to be a traditional, one-way link?
The possibilities extend beyond traditional markup, stylesheets and code. Many interesting effects can be found using graphical programs like Macromedia Flash, or even simple .png files. Explaining how to use Flash is far beyond the scope of this project, so this section is mostly a set of links, notes on possible creative uses, and brief explanations of method where appropriate.