Yes, children, hypertext existed even before the World Wide Web.
Newbie test: when you hear "Web" do you think "hypertext"? These days, "hypertext" almost means "non-Web hypertext".
See Dec'2020 tweet-storm
George Landow 1992 definition: text composed of blocks of words (or images) linked electronically by multiple paths, chains, or trails in an open-ended, perpetually unfinished textuality described by the terms link, node, network, web, and path.
- actually, Ted coined the phrase in the 1960s: http://www.w3.org/History.html
- and the history could be considered to go back earlier than Bush: (2014-05-22) Secret History Of Hypertext
Mark Bernstein occasionally defines the entries in a HyperText Film Festival: Adaptation, WonderBoys, Mullholland Drive, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Memento, Sliding Doors, Timecode, Rashomon, Minority Report, Run Lola Run, Waking Life, Nashville...
Some wider concepts: