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A node is an integrated and self-sufficient unit of information, small relative to the complete document. In electronic instances, nodes are often thought of as being small enough to fit on one computer screen. Node can be as small as one word or huge till occupy multiple pages.

Other synonyms for node include frame (KMS), work space (StorySpace), card (HyperCard), and lexia (Barthes by way of Landow). On the World Wide Web, a node is simply termed a Web Page.

In a library, each node may be a book. Authors should be free to make nodes of any size--from individual words to chapters--depending on how they wish to use these nodes to structure their text.

In Hypertext word, each node is a lexia. The authors prepare the lexias and the readers browse through these lexias using different pathways they selected.




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