From hypertext to flat text: a tool for document construction
165. J. Yang, W. Ma and R. P. Brent,
From hypertext to flat text: a tool for document construction,
Proceedings of the Second Australian World Wide Web Conference,
Southern Cross University Press, 1996, 67-72.
The hyperlinked nature of documents on the World Wide Web (WWW)
gives users great
freedom for browsing and authoring. However it becomes awkward when
a user wants to print a document with such a hierarchical structure,
for example, the on-line Netscape Handbook. In this case,
the user has
to fetch and print each piece of the interesting documents separately
and then assemble them together
manually. Even worse, the assembling-together could not be possible without
physically cutting and pasting when a piece of document is linked from the
middle of its parent text. In this paper, we present a flexible tool
which can automatically follow the hyperlinks of a main document and
replace each link with the actual sub-document content. In other word, it
transforms a hierarchically structured hypertext to a flat form in its
final output so that hard-copy printing is possible.
Due to the ephemeral nature of the Web, some of the links in the paper
no longer work - apologies!
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