CFP: Structured Design of WWW and Intranet Applications

From: Marios Koufaris (
Date: Thu 19 Feb 1998 - 17:38:35 CST

                              CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

             Tutorial on Structured Design of WWW and Intranet Applications
                                   Developed by
                          Tomás Isakowitz and Marios Koufaris
                    7th International World Wide Web Conference
                        April 14th, 1998 - Brisbane, Australia

OVERVIEW: Many WWW and Intranet Applications are developed in an ad-hoc fashion without a well thought-out design, resulting in an entangled spaghetti-like collection of HTML pages that are hard to access and costly to maintain. This tutorial, developed by Dr. Tomás Isakowitz and Marios Koufaris, targets a class of WWW and Intranet applications that benefit from a structured approach to design and development. These applications are termed "structured hypermedia" applications. We discuss the problems developers of large hypermedia applications face, and introduce the Relationship Management Methodology (RMM) for structured hypermedia design and development. We focus on applying RMM to the design and development of large hypermedia applications on the WWW and Intranets. The methodology is explained in the context of actual Web and Intranet applications designed with RMM. We also discuss the various conceptual aspects of structured Web design and development.

· To discuss issues regarding design and development of large structured WWW
and Intranet Applications
· To present the Relationship Management Methodology (RMM) for structured
hypermedia design
· To show examples of actual WWW and Intranet Applications designed and
developed with RMM
· To discuss issues on integrating Databases and Hypermedia Applications
· To discuss the design of multiple user views and interactive elements of
Intranets and Web Applications.


  1. Introduction:

What is special about WWW/hypermedia design? Opportunities, challenges and limitation of the technology. Illustrative examples of hypermedia applications. a) Hypermedia Structure and Content
b) Global versus Local design

2. WWW Information Systems

I discuss the problems encountered during the design and development of large WWW systems, in particular those utilizing databases to store information. a) Difference between Instance-level and Schema-level design of Web applications.
b) Interfacing with databases. Several challenges arise when integrating databases and hypermedia applications. I discuss these and present solutions.

3. A structured approach to WWW Design.

What is "structured design"? How does it apply to the Web? When is it useful? I define the scope of a structured approach to web design and identify classes of applications that can benefit from it.

4. The Relationship Management Methodology (RMM):

This section describes the main aspects of RMM and how it can be used for the design of hypermedia applications. The benefits of using RMM are discussed.

a) Top-Down vs Bottom-Up approach. 
b) Application Diagram 
c) M-slices 

5. Application Design and Construction:

I illustrate the RMM design methodology via examples. The several stages of design and development will be described and illustrated through real Web And Intranet application examples designed and implemented with RMM.

a) requirements elicitation  
b) structuring the information domain  
c) designing navigational aspects  
d) multiple user views  
e) Interactivity with database  
f) user-interface-design  
g) implementation strategies  

6. Database connectivity:

I will briefly discuss the advantages and challenges of integrating hypermedia applications and databases (Microsoft Access, ORACLE) a) Mapping databases to hypermedia components (Static vs. Dynamic interface)

7. Question and Answer period and Conclusion

REGISTRATION: Visit the WWW7 Conference site at to register. Early Bird fees are applicable until February 27, 1998

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