The exponential growth of online information has made the process of locating
appropriate information complex. This complexity increases when individuals are
characterised by changeable needs, preferences, goals or knowledge, because this
requires the system to personalise or adapt e.g. content in accordance with these
This research developed a prototype system for personalising information and
investigated the appropriateness of using personalisation techniques. It focused on
people with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) who have changeable needs. During the
investigation, a prototype of a personalised system was developed to provide
personalised content, links and content presentation (i.e. layout). A number of
personalisation approaches, techniques and models that are used in the domain of
adaptive hypermedia, were selected in the development of the prototype system.
Furthermore, XML, XSL and the Apache Cocoon framework were used as the
underlying technologies for this development. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.