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Journal of Information Science and Engineering, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 697-713 (March 2011)

Applying Semantic Segment Detection to Enhance Web Page Presentation on the Mobile Internet*

STEPHEN J. H. YANG1,+, JIA ZHANG2, STELLA T. C. TSAI1 AND JEFF J. S. HUANG1
1Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering
National Central University
Chungli, 320 Taiwan
2Department of Computer Science
Northern Illinois University
DeeKalb, IL 60115-2828, U.S.A.

To facilitate wide adoption of handheld devices for mobile Internet access, it is important to enable the ¡§develop once and use everywhere¡¨ concept. This means that a Web page can be developed in HTML for presentation on desktop machines, and then be automatically adapted and displayed on any devices including handheld devices. In this paper, we present a mediator Web service that automatically adapts a Web page into suitable formats based on receiving devices. Our underpinning is a hierarchical semantic meta model associated with a semantic ontology. They guide in partitioning a Web page into semantically coherent segments, which refer to atomic units encapsulating semantically coherent elements in a Web page. Our experimental results demonstrate that our semantic segment detection algorithm helps in transforming Web pages into semanticretained formats suitable to be displayed on handheld devices.

Keywords: mobile internet, handheld devices, semantic segment, web page adaptation, page adaptation

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Received February 16, 2009; revised May 8 & July 27, 2009; accepted September 3, 2009.
Communicated by Rong-Hong Jan.
* The preliminary version has been presented in the IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2008), Jul. 8-11, 2008, Honolulu, HI, USA, pp. 210-217, and it was supported by National Science Council of Taiwan under Grants No. NSC 95-2520-S-008-006-MY3 and NSC 96-2628-S-008-008-MY3.
+ Corresponding author. Tel: +886 3 422 7151 ex. 57102, E-mail: jhyang@csie.ncu.edu.tw.