The World Wide Web is a dynamic and per se volatile entity. Every hour, every second a Web site is refurbished, it born or dies. This characteristic makes the list of suggested links, which is a “must” in every web site, a high mutation risk structure. Every time a user follows a broken link and gets the infamous “404 Error page not found” (or worse, the redirection to a sponsored generic search engine) a small wave of discouragement takes posses of the user, followed by anger about the source and the destination of the broken link. In biological terms, the above variability can be compared to “spontaneous” or induced DNA mutations. But following the biological paradigm, DNA repair systems do exist and the same concept can be turned back to mutation repair of web site links. Therefore, a software project was set-up using techniques resembling the DNA Excision/Repair system to correct the above disagreeable feature of the Internet.

An enzymatic-like system for web link repair or deletion

PIZZALA, ROBERTO;RICHELMI, PLINIO;BERTE', FRANCANTONIO;RICEVUTI, GIOVANNI
2002

Abstract

The World Wide Web is a dynamic and per se volatile entity. Every hour, every second a Web site is refurbished, it born or dies. This characteristic makes the list of suggested links, which is a “must” in every web site, a high mutation risk structure. Every time a user follows a broken link and gets the infamous “404 Error page not found” (or worse, the redirection to a sponsored generic search engine) a small wave of discouragement takes posses of the user, followed by anger about the source and the destination of the broken link. In biological terms, the above variability can be compared to “spontaneous” or induced DNA mutations. But following the biological paradigm, DNA repair systems do exist and the same concept can be turned back to mutation repair of web site links. Therefore, a software project was set-up using techniques resembling the DNA Excision/Repair system to correct the above disagreeable feature of the Internet.
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