Publishing Thesauri on the World Wide Web

Ron Davies


The World Wide Web promises to become a important medium for publishing thesauri as electronic publication becomes more common. Thesauri can be published over the World Wide Web in either a static form (where all thesaurus information is written to files at one time) or dynamically (where information is retrieved by a search engine from a database, and formatted into Web pages just at the time that it is delivered to the user). The choice between static and dynamic methods of Web publication influences the format and organization other thesaurus. This paper discusses some other aspects that most affect the way in which users consult the thesaurus, in particular the method of locating a term, displaying a term and response time.

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