... keep the reader on his or her toes.

The referring page to this page was accessible from two different pages, yet it offered the reader only one option for returning to where he or she came from (though of course the Back button is always accessible). Strange as it may seem, that is a clear and premeditated design decision on my part. I have no desire to make the navigation of these pages purposefully confusing, and thus, throughout the Boidem columns, except on special occasions, I have avoided creating a hindering abundance of hyperlinks. But sometimes a particular thought demands to be linked to more than one page. Sometimes I discover as I write that although the first link should hold, another thought calls out to that same link and asks that it too become connected.

A couple of possibilities for dealing with this situation exist. I could create links to both referring sources, and let the reader try and remember where he or she came from, and thus choose the more fitting link. Or I can determine what seems to me to be the dominant line of thought and link to that, and let the reader use the Back button if he or she discovers that he or she is on a side-track. I prefer the latter. I think it allows for a bit of mystery. It may be somewhat confusing, but only enough to help get a feel for the medium, certainly not enough to get lost.

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