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Distributed Affordance: An Open-World Assumption for Hypermedia

by Ruben Verborgh, Michael Hausenblas, Thomas Steiner, Erik Mannens, and Rik Van de Walle

Hypermedia links and controls drive the Web by transforming information into affordances through which users can choose actions. However, publishers of information cannot predict all actions their users might want to perform and therefore, hypermedia can only serve as the engine of application state to the extent the user’s intentions align with those envisioned by the publisher. In this paper, we introduce distributed affordance, a concept and architecture that extends application state to the entire Web. It combines information inside the representation and knowledge of action providers to generate affordance from the user’s perspective. Unlike similar approaches such as Web Intents, distributed affordance scales both in the number of actions and the number of action providers, because it is resource-oriented instead of action-oriented. A proof-of-concept shows that distributed affordance is a feasible strategy on today’s Web.

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Published in 2013 in Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on RESTful Design.

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@inproceedings{verborgh_wsrest_2013,
  title = {Distributed Affordance: An Open-World Assumption for Hypermedia},
  author = {Verborgh, Ruben and Hausenblas, Michael and Steiner, Thomas and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on RESTful Design},
  year = 2013,
  month = may,
  pages = {1399--1406},
  url = {http://www2013.org/companion/p1399.pdf},
}

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R. Verborgh, M. Hausenblas, T. Steiner, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle, “Distributed Affordance: An Open-World Assumption for Hypermedia,” in Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on RESTful Design, 2013, pp. 1399–1406.
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Ruben Verborgh, Michael Hausenblas, Thomas Steiner, Erik Mannens, and Rik Van de Walle. 2013. Distributed Affordance: An Open-World Assumption for Hypermedia. In Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on RESTful Design. 1399–1406.
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Verborgh, R., Hausenblas, M., Steiner, T., Mannens, E., Van de Walle, R.: Distributed Affordance: An Open-World Assumption for Hypermedia. In: Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on RESTful Design. pp. 1399–1406 (2013).
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Verborgh, R., Hausenblas, M., Steiner, T., Mannens, E., & Van de Walle, R. (2013). Distributed Affordance: An Open-World Assumption for Hypermedia. In Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on RESTful Design (pp. 1399–1406).
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Verborgh, Ruben et al. “Distributed Affordance: An Open-World Assumption for Hypermedia.” Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on RESTful Design. 2013. 1399–1406. Print.

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