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Sources of Flexibility in Dynamic Hypertext Generation

Alistair Knott Chris Mellish Jon Oberlander Mick O'Donnell
Human Communication Research Centre, 2 Buccleuch Place
Department of Artificial Intelligence, 80 South Bridge
University of Edinburgh, Scotland
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`Dynamic hypertext' is hypertext which is automatically generated at the point of need. A number of NLG systems have now been developed to operate within a hypertext environment; and now that these systems are becoming widely available on the World Wide Web, it is useful to take stock of how well-equipped NLG work is to exploit these new opportunities. A generation system in a hypertext environment faces a specific set of requirements; here, we discuss those requirements, and the resources that can be provided to help meet them. Examples are drawn from a number of systems, including our own prototype, ILEX-0. We conclude by indicating that the major benefit of such systems could be in the way that they combine flexibility with the illusion of user control.

Keywords: content selection, text planning, applications, hypertext

Submission type: paper

Mon Feb 12 17:01:45 GMT 1996