The present invention addresses the critical needs of publishers seeking
to create and publish hypermedia content in electronic form across the
wide area networks ("WAN's") such as the World Wide Web. Toward this end,
a client-server development platform is provided for handling the
important functions of document authoring, content-based indexing and
retrieval of documents, management and control of proprietary assets, and
a support for developing form-driven interactive services, all in a
manner that is uniquely and seamlessly WAN-integrated.