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Journal of Web Engineering

Editors-in-Chief:
Martin Gaedke, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
Geert-Jan Houben, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Bebo White, Stanford University, USA


ISSN: 1540-9589 (Print Version),

ISSN: 1544-5976 (Online Version)
Vol: 4   Issue: 2

Published In:   June 2005

Publication Frequency: 8 issues per year


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Automated Web Evaluation by Guideline Review


J. Vanderdonckt and A. Beirekdar

Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), School of Management (IAG),Unit of Information Systems (ISYS), Belgian Lab. of Computer-Human Interaction, Place des Doyens, 1 – B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

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Abstract: A novel approach is presented for automatically evaluating of the usability and accessibility (U&A) of web sites by performing a static analysis of their HTML code against U&A guidelines. The approach relies on separating guidelines evaluation logic from the evaluation engine. Due to this separation, the whole evaluation process can be divided into two main phases: specifying formal guidelines and web page evaluation. In the first phase, the formal structure of a guideline is expressed in terms of Guideline Definition Language (GDL). In the second phase, the web page is parsed to identify its contents and structure and link them to relevant guidelines to be evaluated on the page parsed. This approach enables the simultaneous evaluation of multiple guidelines selected on demand from different sources. It also optimises evaluation by automatically identifying common sub-structures among structured guidelines. It also supports the expression, by evaluators with different usability practises, of alternative evaluation strategies.

Keywords: usability, accessibility, automated evaluation of web sites, static analysis, guideline definition language, evaluation engine

Bridging MDA and OWL Ontologies


D. Gašević1, D. Djurić2 and V. Devedžić 2

1Laboratory for Ontological Research, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Surrey, Canada
2GOOD OLD AI Research Group, FON – School of Business Administration,University of Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro

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Abstract: Web Ontology Language (OWL) and Model-Driven Architectures (MDA) are two technologies being developed in parallel, but by different communities. They have common points and issues and can be brought closer together. Many authors have so far stressed this problem and have proposed several solutions. The result of these efforts is the recent OMG’s initiative for defining an ontology development platform. However, the problem of transformation between ontology and MDA-based languages has been solved using rather partial and ad hoc solutions, most often by XSLT. In this paper we analyze OWL and MDA-compliant languages as separate technological spaces. In order to achieve a synergy between these technological spaces we define ontology languages in terms of MDA standards, recognize relations between OWL and MDA-based ontology languages, and propose mapping techniques. In order to illustrate the approach, we use an MDA-defined ontology architecture that includes ontology metamodel and ontology UML Profile. Based on this approach, we have implemented a transformation of the ontology UML Profile into OWL representation.

Keywords: Ontology development, MDA, UML Profiles, OWL, model transformations

Towards assuring quality attributes of client dynamic Web applications: Identifying and addressing the challenges


M. Sh. Aun1, S. Yuen2 and K. Agusa 2

1Department of Information Engineering, Agusa Laboratory, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Magoya City, 464-8601, Japan
2Gradate School of Information Science, Nagoue University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Magoya City, 464-8601, Japan

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Abstract: Web applications, nowadays, impose some entirely new challenges in the field of software quality. They differ from traditional software applications in several critical dimension. This paper identifies the challenges involved in assuring quality attributes of Client Dynamic(CD) Web applications and then presents an approach proposed to address such challenges.

Keywords: Web engineering , features separation, Web analysis and debugging.

The Static Absorbing Model for the Web


V. Plachouras1, I. Ounis1 and G. Amati2

1University of Glasgow, UK
2Foudazione Ugo Bordoni, Italy

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Abstract: The analysis of hyperlink structure on the Web has been employed for detecting high quality documents. In approaches such as PageRank, the Web graph is modeled as a Markov chain and the quality of a document corresponds to the probability of visiting it during a random walk. However, it is not always straightforward to consider the Web graph as Markov chain.

Keywords: Web information retrieval , hyperlink analysis, markov chains, absorbing model, combination of evidence

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