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Allan Hansen

Xspect: bridging open hypermedia and XLink

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  • Department of Computer Science
This paper evaluates the XLink format in comparison with other linking formats. The comparison is based on Xspect, an implementation of XLink. Xspect handles transformation between an open hypermedia format (OHIF) and XLink, and the paper discusses this isomorphic transformation and generalises it to include another open hypermedia format, FOHM. The Xspect system, based on XSLT and Javascript, provides users with an interface to browse and merge linkbases. Xspect supports navigational hypermedia in the form of links inserted on the fly into Web pages, as well as guided tours presented as SVG. Xspect has two implementations: one server-side and one running on the client. Both implementation provide the user with an interface for the creation of annotations. The main result of the paper is a critique of XLink. XLink is shown to be a format well suited for navigational hypermedia, but lacking in more advanced constructs. More problematic are the issues regarding large-scale use, such as evaluating validity and credibility of linkbases, and ensuring general support for a format as flexible as XLink.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th international conference on World Wide Web
Number of pages10
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2003
Pages490-499
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventWorld Wide Web Conference (WWW 2003) - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 20 May 200324 May 2003
Conference number: 12

Conference

ConferenceWorld Wide Web Conference (WWW 2003)
Nummer12
LandHungary
ByBudapest
Periode20/05/200324/05/2003

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