4th International Workshop on
Web Site Evolution

October 2, 2002; Montréal, Canada

WSE 2002
Migrating to Web Services

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Darren Stephens and Craig Gaskell,
"Ceci n'est pas une pipe": Observations on the Nature of Webware


Contemporary research polarises web systems into one of two types; software and hypertexts. In this paper we propose that web systems belong are hybrids that belong to a wider class of engineered artefacts that include these other types of system.

Our motivation for considering the nature of the web is to allow us to effectively measure the quality of web artefacts, adopting metrics, where appropriate, from established and well-understood engineering disciplines.