Advertisement

InterSect: A General Purpose Hypertext System Based on an Object Oriented Database

  • B. Wang
  • P. Hitchcock

Abstract

Most complicated documentation maintenance environments require sophisticated computer support systems for maintaining relationships between document types and document instances. Unfortunately, existing approaches are not sufficient to achieve this aim. Hypertext technology gives us the possibility to easily browse document contents but it lacks a mechanism for declaring the overall structure of the document and its relationships. Database management systems can model complex real world situations, but do not have “the single coherent interface to the database which is the hallmark of hypertext”[1]. In this paper, we propose a general hypertext-based documentation support system, InterSect, which uses an object oriented database as an information repository to support both the definition and manipulation of complex document structures. This prototype provides both hypertext and database views of documents, together with a versioning mechanism driven by a user defined schema for the overall document structure.

Keywords

Node Type Link Structure Link Type Type Definition Object Oriented Database 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    Conklin, Jeff, “Hypertext: an Introduction and Survey”, IEEE Computer, pp. 17–40 (Sept. 1987).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Halasz, F. G, “Reflections on Notecards: Seven Issues for the Next Generation of Hypermedia Systems”, Communications of the ACM 31 (7) (July 1988).Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Garg, Pankaj K, “Information Management in Software Engineering: A Hypertext Based Approach”, D.Philthesis, Computer Science Department, University of Southern California (1989).Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Woelk, Darrell, Kim, Won and Luther, Willis, “An Object-Oriented Approach to Multimedia Database”, Proceedings of SIFMOD’ 86 (May 28–30, 1986 ).Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Apple Computer, Inc., Macintosh HyperCard User’s Guide, 1989.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Plaisant, Catherine, “An Overview of Hyperties, Its User Interface and Data Model”, HypermedialHypertext and Object Oriented Database, pp. 52–59 (Dec 1989).Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Smith, K. E and Zdonik, S. B, “Intermedia: A Case Study of the Differences Between Relational and Object-Oriented Database Systems”, OOPSLA’87 Proceedings, pp. 542–465 (Oct. 4–8, 1987 ).Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Brown, P. J, “Hypertext: Dream and Reality”, Hypermedia/Hypertext and Object Oriented Database, pp. 60–71 (Dec 1989).Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Damokles 2.0 - Reference Manual,FZI, University of Karlsruhe (1988).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Wien 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Wang
    • 1
  • P. Hitchcock
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of YorkHeslington, YorkUK

Personalised recommendations