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There are three types of Internet hypertext readers that have been identified by Slatin (1991), based on how they interact with and navigate through the informational media.

“wanders aimlessly through an area, picking things up and putting them down” (Slatin, 1991, p.59). Browsers read for pleasure, their interaction with the text is purposeless and thus unpredictable.

 

Browser

a reader with clear and limited purpose. A typical example is a student doing a research on the Internet for a project. Since the reader has the aim, his path through the hypertext is more predictable.

 

User

the highest incarnation of the reader, which takes several possible forms:

 

Co-author

Types of Hypertext Readers