On this page we have collected together both examples of strange hypertext on the web and purposefully created strange hypertext from the community.

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This website with such a quirky title presents a side-scrolling story that a visitor advances by pressing numbered links at the top left. These, once clicked on, makes the story panel shift from left to right as if playing an old-school 2D computer game. This horizontal stretch of hand-drawn images constitutes a page and there is a number of these that the visitor can go through

Why strange: A side-scrolling narrative made up of images
Card Shark and Thespis: exotic tools for hypertext narrative

A set of slides by Mark Bernstein featuring some animation that help to explain his ideas about Card Shark and Thespis - hypertext systems that he has implemented for creating hypertext narratives in novel ways. The first of the 2 promotes sculptural hypertext, that is, building a network of nodes by initially having a set of nodes all connected to each other and then removing unwanted connections. Thespis is a hypertext system that is built on top of the idea of Card Shark by having many agents (actors) to participate in a single hypertext story. Each actor receives cards that describe possible actions, and each in turn selects an action to take.

Why strange: An unconventional way of forming hypertext links and a narrative structure on top of them

The book “Traumgedanken” (“Thoughts on dreams”) contains a collection of literary, philosophical, psychological and scientifical texts which provide an insight into different dream theories. To ease the access to the elusive topic, the book is designed as a model of a dream about dreaming. Analogue to a dream, where pieces of reality are assembled to build a story, it brings different text excerpts together. They are connected by threads which tie in with certain key words. The threads visualise the confusion and fragileness of dreams.

On five pages there are illustrations made out of thread. Their shape and colour relies on the key words on the opposite page. This way an abstract image of the dream about dreaming is generated.

In addition there are five pages where a significant excerpt from a text of the opposite page is stitched into the paper. It is not legible because the type’s actual surface is inside the folded page. This expresses the mysteriousness of dreams and the aspect of dream interpretation.

Why strange: This work takes the idea of hypertext to the physical world, and shows how hypertext can jump from one medium to another.
Shadows Never Sleep

This is a "zoom narrative" designed for the IPhone where turning pages becomes zooming into surfaces and walking your fingers across the multi-touch screen of the device. Here, the link is given to the browser version.

Why strange: A narrative presented in a vertical manner, that is, with the emphasis on zooming in to advance

This work is based on video editing software. But instead of creating sequences of video and sound, it creates sequences of still images and associated texts. And just as in video editing software, where you can add and insert video clips and then associate the clips with sound along the sound track, in "Timeline", you can add and insert still images and create texts to go with them.

Why strange: It's an interesting work that uses software to enable users to build their own narrative instead of "pre-fixing" the story.