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Converting linear text to hypertext has been a classic problem while dealing with large information spaces such as encyclopedias, training manuals and dictionaries. Attempts have been made to convert these printed material both by manual and automatic means. Some researchers have suggested guidelines for conversion. In addition to automatic conversion of text to hypertext based on structural features, researchers have attempted to construct automatic links based on lexical and semantic analysis of text. Hypertext templates facilitate the design, organization, and presentation of a collection of knowledge in the form of hypertext. Researchers have suggested some general guidelines for authoring hypertext documents. These include splitting a hypertext document into three components: the content part, the organizational part, and the presentation part. There have been efforts to make hypertext systems more dynamic by incorporating virtual structures, computation, and filters. Though miniscule in nature, attempts have been made to linearize hypertext documents for the purpose of printing.