• Joanna W. Ng
  • Mark Chignell
  • James R. Cordy
  • Yelena Yesha
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6400)


Key architectural elements of the web, namely, HTTP, URL and HTML enable a very simple user model of the web based on hyperlinks. While this model allows browser-based access to a wide array of online content and resources, the limitations in user experience provided in this interaction model are increasingly apparent. Two decades after the birth of the web, new technologies such as Rich Internet Application, AJAX, and Web 2.0 seek to improve web user interfaces, but in general their main benefit is to individual server sites. Little advancement has been made to advance the user model of the web at a macro level where the interaction is driven not by the server but by the user. This paper reviews the problems of the current internet in order to motivate the discussion of the smart internet that will occur in later chapters of this book.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joanna W. Ng
    • 1
  • Mark Chignell
    • 2
  • James R. Cordy
    • 3
  • Yelena Yesha
    • 4
  1. 1.IBMCanada
  2. 2.Universtiy of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Queen’s UniversityCanada
  4. 4.University of MarylandUSA

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