Support of Hypertextual Annotation on the Web


Huan Gao

Author Addresses: 

Faculty of Computer Science
Dalhousie University
6050 University Ave.
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3H 4R2


Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of

Master of Applied Computer Science

The aim of our project is to improve the reader's active reading in scholarly works. We raised our ideas of designing novel linking annotation tools that enable one to better use digital documents for tasks in which paper documents are still otherwise superior to digital documents. We explored the related works XLibris and ALIEN in the literature and presented our project ideas in detail. We chose the Multivalent Document Model to implement our idea, because that model is extensively open which will help enhance all aspects of a digital document system. We designed new linking annotation patterns such as label, Multiple-destination hyperlink and internal hyperlink, and implemented them on the Multivalent Web Browser. Linking annotations are built in the web browser on the client side, and XML technology is used in the project to store annotation information. A simple graphic interface is given to enable users to manipulate the annotation tools easily. Finally we discuss the benefits of the linking tools, and introduce our future work to develop more complex annotations types with better user interfaces.

Tech Report Number: 
Report Date: 
January 10, 2004
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