A type of text that can be used interactively, often used on the World Wide Web and in multimedia presentations. Essentially, predetermined "links" (indicated by colored, bold, or underlined words) are used to access different data files. The link is effected by means of clicking on the highlighted word or link. Based on the principle of hot text, hypertext is the foundation of HTML (or hypertext markup language), a type of programming language used to link data files.

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