This is one of my
Web related projects
This is a paper that I wrote right before I
discovered the World-Wide Web. Upon discovery
of the World-Wide Web, I sort of lost interest
in finishing the paper and submitting it to any
journal. Some things I got right (like the need
for caching) and some things I completely missed
(like using the Internet -- sheesh.) Anyhow, if
you have some time to kill, you might enjoy
reading some early pre-WWW musings on electronic
An architecture for an electronic publishing system
is presented. The architecture is partioned into
information repositories, information caches, and
information viewers. These services are interconnected
with a network and an electronic banking system to
provide royalty reimbursement.
Table of Contents
The overall electronic publishing
architecture is presented. In
addition the economics of paper
publishing are compared to electronic
It is proposed that electronic publishing
be presented to users as a gigantic
world-wide library using the library
as a metaphor. A rough cut is made
at a user interface to convince people
that an easy-to-use interface is feasible.
Repositories store information in a variety
of data formats. They also collect
royalty payments as information is accessed.
Caches keep local copies of recently accessed
information in order to reduce communication
costs and information access latency.
Electronic banking is the technology that
allows royalty payments to be transferred
from information users to information
A brief summary of the paper is provided.
Wayne C. Gramlich All rights reserved.