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A Virtual Document Interpreter for Reuse of Information

Abstract : The importance of reuse of information is well recognised for electronic publishing. However, it is rarely achieved satisfactorily because of the complexity of the task: integrating different formats, handling updates of information, addressing document author's need for intuitiveness and simplicity, etc. An approach which addresses these problems is to dynamically generate and update documents through a descriptive definition of virtual documents. In this paper we present a document interpreter that allows gathering information from multiple sources, and combining it dynamically to produce a virtual document. Two strengths of our approach are: the generic information objects that we use, which enables access to distributed, heterogeneous data sources; and the interpreter's evaluation strategy, which permits a minimum of re-evaluation of the information objects from the data sources.
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François Paradis, Anne-Marie Vercoustre, Brendan Hills. A Virtual Document Interpreter for Reuse of Information. the 7th International Conference on Electronic Publishing (EP'98), Apr 1998, Saint-Malo, France. pp. 487 - 498. ⟨inria-00304339⟩



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