Special Issue on Hypermedia Extensibility Mechanisms and Scripting Languages

From: Kenneth M. Anderson (kena_at_mroe.cs.colorado.edu)
Date: Mon 06 Sep 1999 - 17:33:23 CDT

Hypermedia Extensibility Mechanisms and Scipting Languages

Call For Papers

Journal of Network and Computer Applications

Special Issue on Hypermedia Extensibility Mechanisms and Scripting Languages

Journal of Network and Computer Applications (JNCA) is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by Academic Press. JNCA is currently (1999) in its 22nd year. For further information see: <http://www.academicpress.com/jnca>.


In 1987 Frank Halasz declared extensibility as one of his seven outstanding issues for the "next generation" of hypermedia systems. The next generation of systems is here, along with the World Wide Web, and extensibility mechanisms have indeed become an integral part of most current systems. For instance, extensibility was a key design goal in the Web's primary protocols, HTTP and URL. Open Hypermedia Systems have also explored extensibility in terms of their architectures, data models, and functionality. Many mechanisms have been employed including language features, component architectures, and scripting languages.

Yet, most articles on these systems barely mention the extensibility mechanisms, or describe them only in general terms. As a case in point, there is no literature on hypermedia scripting languages, no guidelines on how to develop one, no published set of issues to consider when designing or implementing one, and no detailed examples. People developing a hypermedia system on or off the World Wide Web have very little to draw on when thinking about extensibility or scripting.

This special issue aims to become the primary source on information for hypermedia system developers on how to design and develop flexible extensibility mechanisms and scripting languages as part of their systems. Thus, the purpose of this special issue is to identify the nature of extensibility mechanisms and scripting languages - including their scope, expressive power, and functionality.

Suggested topics (but not limited to):

Submission Information

Submission categories:

Important dates:

December 1st, 1999: all categories of submissions are due
February 1st, 2000: notification of acceptance
March 1st, 2000   : final versions of accepted papers are due
July 2000         : special issue

Papers should be submitted electronically to Uffe Kock Wiil (email: ukwiil_at_cs.aue.auc.dk) in either PDF format (preferred) or Postscript format. Remember to specify the submission category!


Uffe Kock Wiil
Department of Computer Science, Aalborg University Esbjerg, Niels Bohrs Vej 8, 6700 Esbjerg, Denmark; email: ukwiil_at_cs.aue.auc.dk

Kenneth M. Anderson
Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, ECOT 717, Campus Box 430, Boulder, CO 80309-0430, USA; email: kena_at_cs.colorado.edu

Michael Bieber
CIS Department, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, NJ 07102, USA; email: bieber_at_homer.njit.edu

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