Depending, of course, on how you read this.

I wrote the page about the diskette in my pocket before writing the final version of the paragraph that links to this page. What's more, if the reader reads the linked pages in the "from top to bottom" order in which they appear in the main column, he or she will realize that I really have already mentioned that diskette.

That doesn't mean, however, that every reader is going to meet the paragraph that linked to this page after reading my "first" reference to that diskette. And, to confuse things beyond the necessary, but to be absolutely truthful, the first version of that paragraph already mentioned the diskette before I wrote the linearly previous page. And that of course explains, to a certain extent, why on that page I write that I've "already confessed" to carrying a diskette in my pocket. As I've noted before, before and after are very relative terms in a hypertextual context, and the order of my writing, or even of the way I place each page within the whole of the column, has only limited influence on how the reader encounters them. Trying to get out of this confusion only strenghtens my respect for authors who don't hide their lack of clarity behind a visage of hypertextual theorizing. But yes, I've already mentioned that diskette, and reading about it both here and there, or only here, or not at all, are all legitimate readings of this text.

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