the provision and maintenance of truly large-scale information
resources on the World Wide Web necessitates server architectures offering
substantially more functionality than simply serving HTML files from the local
file system and processing CGI requests.
this paper describes Hyper-G, a large-scale, multi-protocol, distributed, hypermedia information system which uses an object-oriented database layer to provide information structuring and link maintenance facilities in addition to fully integrated attribute and content search, a hierarchical access control scheme, support for multiple languages, interactive link editing and point and click document insertion.
keith andrews of the Institute for Information Processing and Computer Supported New Media of Graz University of Technology presented the superb features of Hyper-G.
Hyper-G stores the link information in an object-oriented database, which provides very interesting new capabilities such as simple and even graphical link maintenance, full access control and reverse link access. the last option allows - beside many other operations - to find out which documents have links to a particular document or groups of documents. Hyper-G also introduces strong search facilities.
non-Hyper-G browsers can access Hyper-G documents through gateways.
Hyper-G is probably my most favorite approach to solve the major problem of the World Wide Web as it is currently implemented: navigation in the Hyper-jungle. i believe, it is mandatory to separate the link information from the document, as it is done in Hyper-G (see also my vision of a FutureWeb).
this paper is available on the Web.
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