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1.1 Disorientation

The problem of disorientation or “getting lost in space” arises from the need to know where one is in the network, where one came from, and how to get to another place in the network. In traditional text, it is not easy to get lost. There is the table of contents of topics with page numbers, the index with keywords and page numbers, and also bookmarks. However, in a complex hypertext network, with thousands of nodes and links, it is more than likely that the reader will get lost.