Versioning Hypermedia

Fabio Vitali

Fabio Vitali, Versioning Hypermedia, ACM Computing Surveys, 31(4es), December 1999.

Keeping multiple versions of the same electronic artifact is a necessity in many authoring fields, and a serious advantage in all of them. Hypermedia adds to that the issue of relationship management. This poses a few additional problems, especially conceptual ones, but it also provides a reliable and safe solution for the well-known problem of the referential integrity of links. The field of hypermedia has dealt with versioning issues for a long time, since Xanadu considered it a fundamental mechanism for its inner workings. Newer systems, and an important protocol for the WWW, WebDAV, constitute modern approaches to the problem.


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