Nelson's description of hypertext in terms of a chunks joined by links demands one to define the nature of this supposedly simple node, lexia, chunk, anchor, or view. Exactly what is a chunk? The problem does not exist in primitive systems such as Hypercard or those based on html, where the departure chunk or anchor is defined by a single string of fixed length. But in more sophisticated systems, such as Intermedia, Storyspace, and Microcosm/Multicosm, one can
If one can have a chunk inside a chunk, what, then, is the lexia?
Last updated: 19 August 2002