According to Nelson Hilton, what might seem at stake in an hypertext is logic, the tradition of method and validity in deductive reasoning which is associated with the line: line of argument, thread of discourse, chain of reasoning.
As Bolter observes:
... today all our major forms of nonfiction--the essay, the treatise, the report--are expected to be hierarchical in organization as they are linear in presentation. ... The point deserves emphasis: only the linear-hierarchical style of argument is permitted in orthodox writing today. And this orthodoxy is approved and built into our institutions of learning and research...
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