Implementing an Open Link Service for the World Wide Web

Leslie A. Carr, David C. De Roure, Hugh C. Davis, Wendy Hall


Links are the key element for changing a text into a hypertext, and yet the WWW provides limited linking facilities. Modeled on Open Hypermedia research the Distributed Link Service provides an independent system of link services for the World Wide Web and allows authors to create configurable navigation pathways for collections of WWW resources. This is achieved by adding links to documents as they are delivered from a WWW server, and by allowing the users to choose the sets of links that they will see according to their interests. This paper describes the development of the link service, the facilities that it adds for users of the WWW and its specific use in an Electronic Libraries project.


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