Hypermedia and the Web: An Engineering Approach

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Wiley, Feb 3, 1999 - Computers - 626 pages
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Hypermedia & the Web An Engineering Approach David Lowe, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia Wendy Hall, University of Southampton, UK The rich online world offered through the Web is marred by the chaos which underlies it. At the very early stages of understanding how to harness the power of this new medium, electronic document creators, managers and researchers often spend time on technology innovations at the expense of adopting the sound engineering principles which have paid such dividends in the software industry. Hypermedio & the Web approaches interactive information (concentrating on hypertext documents) as a structure requiring management, quantification and documentation. From analysing the purpose for which a website, CD–ROM or online archive is created, assessing the characteristics and resources needed for the process of building each one, to the assessment of the end product itself, this book attempts to carve out features that are essential to the successful structuring of information in an electronic environment. This is an ambitious book charting an emerging discipline. It is an essential tool to help developers and educators shape and maintain useful and relevant electronic information. ′Hypermedia Engineering hasn′t produced many tangible benefits in real–life situations, because very few people practise it. That′s why the book is needed.′ David Barron, Southampton University ′This book is interesting and excellently fulfills a current need [by] providing an exhaustive and up–to–date vision of the hypermedia field.′ Fabio Vitali, University of Bologna ′The strength of this book is its breadth – it covers many of the issues in hypermedia with examples from the technical to the managerial. Students could use these as starting points when designing or evaluating hypermedia systems.′ David Sharp, Imperial College of Science and Technology ′Information systems developers and managers should find this a helpful guide for developing hypermedia applications.′ H Ashman, University of Nottingham Visit our Website at: http://www.wiley.com/compbooks/

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David Lowe is a freelance writer well known in the road transport industry, particularly for his involvement with training for the professional competence examinations. Formerly he was an independent transport consultant and regular contributor to the transport press, and is the author of many transport books including The Transport Manager's and Operator's Handbook, The Dangerous Goods Safety Manual, A Guide to the LGV Driving Licence, Driving Test and Theory Test, The European Bus and Coach Handbook, The European Road Freighting Handbook, and Goods Vehicle Costing and Pricing Handbook. David's previous experience includes: Over 50 years' experience in road haulage and own-account transport - at one time as an owner-driver haulier. From British Road Services trainee in 1952 to own-account fleet management in food distribution in 1966. Staff writer on Commercial Motor from 1968 specialising in transport legislation, operational and management issues. First edition of the highly successful Transport Manager's Handbook, the so-called transport manager's 'bible', published in 1970. Freelance writer from 1972, contributing to most UK transport journals and many other publications including the Financial Times, Management Today, Logistics Focus and The Director. Visit David Lowe's website at www.davidlowe.org.

Currently employed at Liverpool Hope University in teacher training, Wendy has spent the last 20 years gaining qualifications in various aspects of special needs. Having qualified as a specialist tutor she taught privately in schools as well as providing special expertise on teacher training programmes.

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