A Critique of the Open Hypermedia Protocol

Kenneth M Anderson, Richard N Taylor, E. James Whitehead, Jr.

Abstract


The Open Hypermedia Protocol is a proposed standard for enabling the interoperability of client applications with open hypermedia systems. This paper presents the protocol at a high-level of detail, performs an analysis of its strengths and weaknesses, and makes specific recommendations for improvements to the protocol. In addition, the paper records how a new version of the protocol is evolving. The arguments and recommendations of this paper are based on the information presented in [1] and [29] as well as the results of the discussions held on the protocol at the following events: the Second International Workshop on Open Hypermedia Systems (OHS 2.0), the December 1996 Open Hypermedia Working Group Meeting (OHS 2.5), the Third International Workshop on Open Hypermedia Systems (OHS 3.0), and the September 1997 Open Hypermedia Working Group Meeting (OHS 3.5).

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