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On using partial orders for web application design

Joaquim Gabarró (Department of Languages and Informatics Systems, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain)
Isabel Vallejo (Department of Languages and Informatics Systems, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain)
Fatos Xhafa (Department of Languages and Informatics Systems, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain)

International Journal of Web Information Systems

ISSN: 1744-0084

Article publication date: 28 September 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to deal with some design issues of web applications using partial orders to enhance their navigability and extensibility.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper uses a static web applications model as a deterministic labelled transition system in which states are html pages and transitions are urls.

Findings

By using this model it is possible, on the one hand, to characterize the temporal evolution of a web application and, on the other, to classify web applications into several types according to the way the information is organized over the web application. This classification captures interesting properties related to the navigability and extensibility of web applications.

Practical implications

These ideas are applied to develop a simple web application, namely, a small virtual museum based on approximations of original paintings. Moreover, based on the extensibility characterization, the virtual museum is extended with different paintings approximations, while preserving navigability properties as well as browsing of paintings' approximations of higher quality resolution.

Originality/value

The results of this work provide useful and practical insights into the design of web applications that ensure navigability and extensibility properties.

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Citation

Gabarró, J., Vallejo, I. and Xhafa, F. (2007), "On using partial orders for web application design", International Journal of Web Information Systems, Vol. 3 No. 1/2, pp. 8-25. https://doi.org/10.1108/17440080710829199

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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