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Consider history. Anthony Grafton recently published a brilliant book about The Footnote. ItÕs a close look at the development of footnotes in historical writing. Grafton isnÕt interested in computers. He never mentions hypertext . But but this is one of the best hypertext books of the last year or two.
Grafton shows that historians use footnotes to create dual narratives. One text describes their observations and results. The other text -- the text in the notes and appendices -- explains how they arrived at these conclusions. Historical writing is built by interlinking these two intertwined stories: what happened then, and how we know about it.