An Approach for Document Fragment Retrieval and Its Formatting Issue in Engineering Information Management

  • Shaofeng Liu
  • Chris A. McMahon
  • Mansur J. Darlington
  • Steve J. Culley
  • Peter J. Wild
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/11751588_30

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3981)
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Liu S., McMahon C.A., Darlington M.J., Culley S.J., Wild P.J. (2006) An Approach for Document Fragment Retrieval and Its Formatting Issue in Engineering Information Management. In: Gavrilova M.L. et al. (eds) Computational Science and Its Applications - ICCSA 2006. ICCSA 2006. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3981. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

This paper discusses engineering document fragment mark-up supported by the use of the eXstensible Stylesheet Language – Formatting Objects (XLS-FO). XLS-FO can be used to convert the native format repre-sentation of such documents as Word, Excel and PDF into XML. Once in XML, documents fragments can be retrieved at will in response to a search query. In the paper the process of a document fragment retrieval – based on the authors’ decomposition scheme approach – has been modelled and the issue of converting documents into XML addressed. Additionally, the use of document templates is discussed as a means of ensuring that the transformed XML documents are compliant with the decomposition schemes. Automating the reformatting of documents into XML and the use of templates helps make implementation of a document-fragment approach to retrieval more resource efficient, so making its adoption in industry more practicable.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shaofeng Liu
    • 1
  • Chris A. McMahon
    • 1
  • Mansur J. Darlington
    • 1
  • Steve J. Culley
    • 1
  • Peter J. Wild
    • 1
  1. 1.Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (IMRC), Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of BathBathUK

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