What does one call the collection or corpus of hypertext documents that one claims equals a single, unified "document"? There's no basic problem with stand-alone or LAN-based hypertext: One can call "it" a "web" or a "hypertext;" Storyspace calls such things a "document," Microcosm rather oddly calls them an "application" (because they are the result of applying the software to various materials). In HTML one can call such materials "websites," but what does one call materials that involve multiple websites? Note how, like the individual document, a collection of them has only a provisional identity. That is, one can assert that they form a single body of material, but anyone who comes to them via a search engine or external link shows that such asn assertion is always in part wishful thinking.
Last updated: 19 August 2002