Web Document Transcoding Technique for Small Display Devices

KIPS Transactions on Software and Data Engineering, Vol. 9, No. 6, pp. 1145-1156, Jun. 2002
10.3745/KIPSTD.2002.9.6.1145, Full Text:


We propose a web document transcoding technique that translates existing web pages designed for desktop computers into an appropriate form for hand-held devices connected to the wireless internet. By defining a content block based on a visual separation and using it as a minimum unit for analyzing and converting processes, we can get web pages converted more exactly. We also apply the reallocation of the content block and the generation of new index in order to provide convenient interface without left-right scrolling in small screen devices. These methods, compared with existing ways such as text level summary or partial extraction method, can provide efficient navigation and a full recognition of web documents. To gain those transcoding benefits, we propose the Layout-Forming Tag Analysis Algorithm that analyzes structural tags, which motivate visual separation, and the Component Grouping Algorithm that extracts the content block. We also classify and rearrange the content block and generate the new index to produce an appropriate form of web pages for small display devices. We have designed and implemented our transcoding system in a proxy server and evaluated the methods and the algorithms through an analysis of transcoded results. Our transcoding system showed a good result on most of popular web pages that have complicated structures.

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[IEEE Style]
H. S. Shin, P. S. Mah, S. S. Cho and D. W. Lee, "Web Document Transcoding Technique for Small Display Devices," KIPS Journal D (2001 ~ 2012) , vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 1145-1156, 2002. DOI: 10.3745/KIPSTD.2002.9.6.1145.

[ACM Style]
Hee Sook Shin, Pyeong Soo Mah, Soo Sun Cho, and Dong Woo Lee. 2002. Web Document Transcoding Technique for Small Display Devices. KIPS Journal D (2001 ~ 2012) , 9, 6, (2002), 1145-1156. DOI: 10.3745/KIPSTD.2002.9.6.1145.