INTENTS


Introduction


Information
Retrieval

Hypertext


Artifical
Intelligence


The
Internet


Electronic
Publishing

Textual
Encoding for
Humanities
Research

The Thomas
MacGreevy
Hypertext
Chronology

The Thomas
MacGreevy
Archive

The Use of
Electronic
Technology

Short
Biographical
Notes


Related
WWW
Resources

Project
Participants

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Electronic Publishing

Electronic Publishing has been identified as one of the major growth areas in computing in the next 20 years. The phenomenal growth of information on the Internet, in particular on the World Wide Web, and the recent explosion of academic and popular publications which are available in electronic form, are evidence to support this prediction.

We would expect that adaptive tools would be used quite extensively in Electronic Publishing. Such tools would include:

  • autonomous software agents for content discovery, etc;
  • search engines that can learn from a user’s past behaviour;
  • adaptive interfaces and adaptive profiling to tune interfaces to user needs (eg customised publications such as electronic newspapers).

One area currently being examined within the project is that of markup languages and the functionality required in such languages to support the requirements of the project. An example of a markup language is SGML (Standard Generalised Markup Language), which has been used to mark up texts for many years. A small subset of SGML, HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), is the language used to mark up texts for the World Wide Web. However, HTML is not powerful enough for the applications planned in INTENTS or for many other Electronic Publishing applications. Instead, a larger subset of SGML, XML (Extended Markup Language) looks promising, in that it is not as large or as complex a language as SGML, but is richer and more powerful than HTML. The choice of a markup language will be a crucial one, and one that we will hopefully be in a position to make in the first 6 months of the project.

Further information

For further information on INTENTS, contact John Dunnion or Ronan Reilly.

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