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FOR NET WRITERS, 'HOT LINKS' WITH LESS HASSLE

ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS with ''hypertext'' and ''hot links'' let readers jump around to different sections and subjects at random. While that may be great for those browsing for information, it's tough on authors, who are used to thinking and writing in a linear fashion. But help is on the way.

Trellix is a software program developed by Dan Bricklin, co-creator of VisiCalc, the seminal 1980s spreadsheet program that lofted the PC to stardom. Trellix uses pull-down menus that help authors construct a map that tracks the hot links in a document--for instance, all the links in an electronic guide to corporate time-off policies. Authors merely highlight a passage in the document--a section on sick leave, say--and drag it into the map window. A link is automatically created to the medical leave section. Authors repeat the process for every link and the map creates a ''family tree,'' showing how the links are related to each other. Trellix will work on any PC equipped with Windows 95 or NT and should be available in October at $99 to $149.

EDITED BY PAUL M. ENG
By Paul Judge


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