Engineering Document Models

Steve Cousins
Xerox PARC


Whenever we design a document system, we have an engineering document model in our heads that strongly influences the design. This talk will survey a number of document models on which important systems have been based, from early models (a document is a sequence of ASCII characters) to relatively complex models in document management systems (WebDAV, DMA). I will describe what I believe to be the state-of-the art models in use today, and what problems continue to be grappled with.


Steve Cousins is a member of the research staff in the Information Sciences and Technology Laboratory at Xerox PARC. His research interests are in digital libraries, distributed user interfaces, information visualization, and personal information management.

Dr. Cousins received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1997. His disseration research was on user interfaces for digital libraries, and was done as part of the Stanford Digital Library project. Steve received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Before going to Stanford in 1992, he was a research associate in Medical Informatics at Washington University.