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One of the goals of the project was to demonstrate the appropriateness of the book metaphor for representing electronic books specifically designed to be part of a Virtual Electronic Library. By examining the stages through which an electronic book is developed, starting from the acquisition of source material and ending with the actual use of the book, two forms of electronic books - Hyperbook and Visualbook - have been studied in the early phase of this project. Hyperbook and Visualbook cover the two most important aspects in library automation, those of organising the paper material already available, digitised into bitmap images, and of publishing (multimedia) electronic texts. Following a brief discussion on the design issues and main features of these books, a particular example of Hyperbook is introduced, the Dynamic WAIS Book, based on the Wide Area Information Service (WAIS) protocol. The Dynamic WAIS Book allows a user to search for publicly available information, and retrieve and organise it in the form of a Virtual Electronic Library.

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Authors: ARGENTESI F, JRC Ispra (IT);RANA A, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Colloquium on human-computer interface design for multimedia electronic books, London (GB), February 22, 1995
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 38880 ORA
Record Number: 199510439 / Last updated on: 1995-04-11
Original language: en
Available languages: en