|A Vision for Open Hypermedia Systems||Nürnberg and Leggett|
Hypermedia. The term hypermedia (somewhat surprisingly) has not been well-defined by the group. Furthermore, it is not clear that the group's members agree on what it constitutes. Proposals to the group touching on this subject have varied widely, from a "minimalist" approach, as argued in the current protocol proposal [Davis et al. 1996], to a somewhat broader view, as argued in [Trigg and Grønbæk 1997]. This range of opinions may stem from the fact that the systems represented in the group have widely varying notions of those services that should be provided by a hypermedia system. DHM [Grønbæk and Trigg 1996] includes composite services. Microcosm [Davis et al. 1992] includes information retrieval services. HOSS [Nürnberg et al. 1996] provides taxonomic, spatial, and other structural services. The exact types of services to be provided by an OHS must be resolved before any real progress can be made on the architecture and proposal. We present our view on this subject below.
System. Even this most innocuous term can cause a bit of confusion. Wiil and Leggett  described a division of OHS's into two categories. Open link services (e.g. Chimera, Microcosm, Multicard) are systems that concern themselves primarily with the provision of hypermedia functionality (whatever that may be) to third party applications. Open hyperbases (e.g. DHM, HyperDisco, HOSS) provide open link services and some notion of hypermedia storage. Obviously, the OHSWG must make decisions regarding the presence or absence of hypermedia-based storage in any OHS reference architecture. Additionally, some systems provide a much higher degree of distribution than others, and thus must account for "secondary" services such as location services, naming, etc. The questions of which of these kinds of secondary services should be included in an OHS also must be addressed. We present our views on this subject below as well.
2. Scope of the OHSWG
4. An OHS Reference Architecture Proposal...
5. An OHP Proposal...
Appendix A. Generic Encoding Layer Rules
Appendix B. Sproc Generic Layer Rules
Appendix C. Sproc Specific Layer Rules
Appendix D. Sproc Interface Format
Appendix E. Current Protocol Proposal in Sproc Interface Format
Peter J. Nürnberg, John J. Leggett