There are plenty of definitions of hypertext around. David Reinking refers to a hypertext as any nonlinear electronic text that provides readers with options to explore links between individual segments. If, for whatever reason, you clicked on the hotlink, "David Reinking" you would have arrived at the hypertext version of an article for The Reading Teacher (Volume 50, No. 8), May 1997, called "Me and my hypertext:) A multiple digression analysis of technology and lilteracy (sic)".

One of the drivers behind the setting up of this site is an action research project I am currently engaged in with graduate students here at the School of Education of the University of Waikato who are training to be secondary English teachers. A group of them (with me) are addressing the following topic: "ICTs and the teaching of English in secondary schools: Stretching the boundaries". You'll find material on this project elsewhere on this site.

Relevant to this page, however, is a conclusion we came to recently in a discussion of textual categorisation.We began attempting to categorise text-types (or genres) under the headings monomodal, multimodal (printed words and pictures) and multimodal (printed words, pictures and sounds) but concluded quickly that virtually any text-type has the potential for transformation via multimodality and the medium of hypertext.

This page then, is planned as a jump-off to different genres, where we will consider the ways in which hypertext might operate to stretch a genre's boundaries (and of course, the boundaries of a genre's producer).