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Prof. Pascal Lorenz
University of Haute Alsace, France
It is my honor to be the editor-in-chief of IJFCC. The journal publishes good papers in the field of future computer and communication. Hopefully, IJFCC will become a recognized journal among the readers in the filed of future computer and communication.

IJFCC 2014 Vol.3(3): 161-167 ISSN: 2010-3751
DOI: 10.7763/IJFCC.2014.V3.288

The Snippet Platform Architecture – Dynamic and Interactive Compound Documents

Laurent Kirsch, Jean Botev, and Steffen Rothkugel
Abstract—Compound documents in desktop environments face many issues and limitations in terms of modularity and genericity with regard to their representation and handling. The Snippet Platform natively supports highly dynamic and interactive compound documents. The contents of a document are not limited to combinations of traditional types like text, images, vector objects, or videos, but are completely generic and thus may even consist of fully-functional embedded applications. These can be operated in-place, enabling a higher level of interactivity. Moreover, complex dependencies within or in between documents are supported. The component-based architecture of the Snippet Platform allows for keeping these in a consistent working state. It realizes application software by an extensible set of functional modules that are designed to interoperate. These may also be combined for performing more advanced transformations on contents or defining more refined algorithmic dependencies. A fine-granular model, based on so-called Snippets instead of files, ensures the persistent representation of such compound documents and their dependencies. A working prototype, also discussed in this paper, incorporates all these aspects.

Index Terms—Data management, document engineering, dynamic compound documents.

The authors are with the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication at the University of Luxembourg, 1359 Luxembourg (e-mail: {laurent.kirsch, jean.botev, steffen.rothkugel} @uni.lu).


Cite: Laurent Kirsch, Jean Botev, and Steffen Rothkugel, "The Snippet Platform Architecture – Dynamic and Interactive Compound Documents," International Journal of Future Computer and Communication vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 161-167, 2014.

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