[log in to unmask] wrote:
> Reading a book from beginning to end is a linear process, in the sense
> it can be graphed as a straight line. The line can be subdivided to
> one's progress (i.e., at 10 am one had arrived at page 17, and at a
> point in time one had arrived at page 47).
Thanks, Pat. I do understand what you mean by linear. I still don't
understand -- apropos your having said
> I'm a bit surprised, though, at the drift of this thread. To me,
> linear is
> linear, whether the thread has gaps, is crooked instead of straight,
> meanders around into improbable areas.
why you are surprised, since the thread was about reading books in order
and you introduced the notion of the linear in response to Rick
mentioning hypertext. I'm grateful for the introduction as overlapping
terms can help sharpen definitions. Linear and sequential are not the
same in the matter of order, as you have pointed out.