Documents do often not exist in isolation but are implicitly or explicitly linked to parts of other documents. However, due to a multitude of proprietary document formats with rather simple link models, today's possibilities for creating hyperlinks between snippets of information in different document formats are limited. In previous work, we have presented a dynamically extensible cross-document link service overcoming the limitations of the simple link models supported by most existing document formats. Based on a plug-in mechanism, our link service enables the linking across different document types. In this paper, we assess the extensibility of our link service by integrating some document formats as well as third-party document viewers. We illustrate the flexibility of creating advanced hyperlinks across these document formats and viewers that cannot be realised with existing linking solutions or link models of existing document formats. A user study further investigates the user experience when creating and navigating cross-document hyperlinks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM Symposium on Document Engineering 2018, DocEng 2018
Place of PublicationNew York, New York, USA
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450357692
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2018
Event18th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering - Halifx, Canada
Duration: 28 Aug 201831 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Symposium on Document Engineering 2018 - DocEng '18


Conference18th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering
Abbreviated titleDocEng 2018

    Research areas

  • Cross-document linking, Information linking, Link navigation, User linking behaviour

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