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Ruben Verborgh

Chapter 4 – Functionality

Serendipitous Web Applications through Semantic Hypermedia

For people, navigating hypermedia feels entirely natural. We read texts, view images and video, and through them, we can not only reach the next piece of information we need; we can also perform actions that modify things in a predictable way. Machines face far greater difficulties. Even if they can interpret the information on a page, it’s currently difficult for them to understand the impact of change. Therefore, we’ve developed RESTdesc, a method to describe the functionality of hypermedia controls in applications. Unlike other approaches, it focuses on enabling autonomous agents to use Web applications in a hypermedia-driven way.

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