In published form, the screens appear one at a time, driven by three functions: forward, anywhere, or lines.
Forward moves through the screens in the order they were written. “This type of navigation simulates the process, and captures the mystery,” Cathy wrote. Anywhere calls up a screen at random. Cathy observed that this revealed their interconnectedness even more; “through new juxtapositions, the Anywhere function reveals unintended connections at the merging of our voices.” The final function, Lines, is an interactive tool for building new screens based on keywords, from a database version of the text. In each new composition it generates, the lines link back to their origins, creating paths through the work neither linear nor entirely random.

Are.na / Women in Hypertext: On Judy Malloy and Cathy Marshall's Forward Anywhere
Gemma Copeland
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