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Separable Hyperstructure and Delayed Link Binding

Brailsford, David F.

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David F. Brailsford


As the amount of material on the World Wide Web continues to grow, users are discovering that the Web's embedded, hard-coded, links are difficult to maintain and update. Hyperlinks need a degree of abstraction in the way they are specified together with a sound underlying document structure and the property of separability from the documents they are linking. The case is made by studying the advantages of program/data separation in computer system architectures and also by re-examining some selected hypermedia systems that have already implemented separability. The prospects for introducing more abstract links into future versions of HTML and PDF, via emerging standards such as XPath, XPointer XLink and URN, are briefly discussed.


Brailsford, D. F. (1999). Separable Hyperstructure and Delayed Link Binding. ACM Computing Surveys, 31(4es),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 1999
Deposit Date Oct 10, 2005
Publicly Available Date Oct 9, 2007
Journal ACM Computing Surveys
Print ISSN 0360-0300
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 4es
Keywords Hypertext, hyperlinking, linkbases, XLink, URN, XPath, XPointer
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Additional Information Final draft of survey paper accepted for ACM Computing Surveys


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