This section contains a number of definitions which establish the terminology used throughout this study. You may wish to acquaint yourself with the definitions now, or come back to them as needed. We have provided links in other parts of this study where most fundamental terms are used.
Although this study concerns itself with fictional hypertexts, the definitions will be as general as possible in order to increase their utility. Those nodes discussing specific works or hypertext packages will focus more intently on fiction as a particular application.
To begin with, you may wish to contrast the terms: