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Addressing Interoperability in Open Hypermedia: The Design of the Open Hypermedia Protocol

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  • Kaj Grønbæk
  • Siegfried Reich, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Uffe K. Wiil, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Peter J. Nürnberg, Dept. of Computer Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Kenneth M. Anderson, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, United States
  • David E. Millard, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Jörg M. Haake, GMD-IPSI, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Hugh C. Davis, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Department of Computer Science
Early hypertext systems were monolithic and closed, but newer systems tend to be open, distributed, and support collaboration. While this development has resulted in increased openness and flexibility, integration or adaptation of various different tools (such as content editors, viewers, services, or even other link servers) has remained a tedious task. Many developers were implementing essentially similar components, simply for the benefit of having their own platform on which to experiment with hypertexts. The open hypermedia community is addressing this issue of interoperability between open hypermedia systems. The goal of this effort is to provide an open framework that can be used by application developers outside the community to construct more powerful hypermedia-aware applications. The design and evolution of this framework is presented along with the requirements that drove its development. The framework has matured to the point where it has supported the creation of a number of research prototypes. These prototypes are described and evaluated with respect to their use of the framework.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNew Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia
Pages (from-to)207-248
Number of pages41
Publication statusPublished - 1999

    Research areas

  • Hypermedia, Hypertext, Open systems, Transmission protocol, System description, System architecture, Design

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