Mobisaic: An Information System for a Mobile Wireless Computing Environment

  • Geoffrey M. Voelker
  • Brian N. Bershad
Part of the The Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 353)


Mobisaic is a World Wide Web information system designed to serve users in a mobile wireless computing environment. Mobisaic extends the Web by allowing documents to both refer and react to potentially changing contextual information, such as one’s current location in the wireless network. Mobisaic relies on client-side processing of Hyper Text Markup Language documents that support two new concepts: Dynamic Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) and Active Documents. A dynamic URL is one whose results depend upon the state of the user’s mobile context at the time it is resolved. An active document automatically updates its contents in response to changes in a user’s mobile context. This paper describes the design of Mobisaic, the mechanism it uses for representing a user’s mobile context, and the extensions made to the syntax and function of Uniform Resource Locators and Hyper Text Markup Language documents to support mobility.


Dynamic Environment Mobile Computing Active Document Uniform Resource Locator Message Class 
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© IEEE 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey M. Voelker
    • 1
  • Brian N. Bershad
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversity of WashingtonSeattle

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