Authoring a Large Distributed Hypermedia System: Document Linking and Embedding (DLE) concept

  • H. Maurer
  • F. Kappe
  • N. Scherbakov
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In this paper we examine issues of collaborative authoring of large distributed hypermedia systems. We contend that there exists a certain discrepancy between the needs of local users engaged in hypermedia authoring tasks and the functionality provided by the distributed hypermedia system which creates and maintains a global view of the network. In this context we offer a so-called Document Linking and Embedding (DLE) concept. In accordance with this concept a number of documents can be gathered together into a new document, which can be embedded into other documents in turn. There exist two different dimensions of such logical structure: logical structure of a particular document (i.e. number of other documents related by means of computer navigable links); and global structure of a hypermedia database as such where documents are related by means of semantic relationships „is-a-part“. The DLE concept strongly separates authoring of these two logical structures. An experimental prototype system based upon this approach has been developed, the demonstration version is available via anonymous ftp from „“ in direcory „pub\hmcard“.


Integrity Constraint Data Unit Semantic Relationship Registered Document Local Authoring 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Maurer
    • 1
  • F. Kappe
    • 1
  • N. Scherbakov
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Information Processing and Computer Supported New MediaGraz University of TechnologyGrazAustria

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