Here are some notes I wrote myself about the kind of hypertext writing I wanted to do, based on a series of hypertext articles in the American Quarterly and a roundtable of responses to them (see bibliography). I offer them up in the spirit of transparency, so that you can see what motives were at play in my writing, and also in the hope that they might be useful to someone besides myself.
I think I should note that these tips don't necessarily apply to every form of hypertext...they just reflect where I came down about my own purposes. Hopefully they should raise some questions for you about how active we require our readers to be and how much we should rely on print conventions to make our readers comfortable.
Can you make an argument in hypertext? Can you create something that moves forward toward an overarching idea (or set of ideas) in an environment that intrinsically lends itself to digression, juxtaposition, dissolution, interconnection, and supplantation?
-Randy Bass, "The Expressive Shape of Arguments and Artifacts"
Juliet Gorman, May 2001