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a. Openness and Distribution

Most current hypertext systems are basically closed systems. That is, material created in one system cannot be easily integrated with material created in another system. An open hypermedia system is a system which can connect to other information systems (both hypertext and non-hypertext). It should be able to freely exchange data. Distribution allows the system to store at geographically dispersed sites in a manner transparent to the user.