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Spin the Web

Spin the Web deals with the Webbase Ontology Language (WBOL)—pronounced like wobble /ˈwɒbəl/. Simply put, HTML describes a web page, WBOL, a web site; and, while HTML is interpreted by a client side web browser, WBOL, by a server side web spinner. It is this project opinion that WBOL is a missing component in the World Wide Web space.

It must be stressed that WBOL does not replace any technology, it coordinates technologies; it focuses on contents (rendered data units), defining what they are, how they are organized, and where, how and when they are rendered. Web spinners output contents on request.

WBOL can describe web sites, intranets, extranets, portals, web apps, web services, here collectively referred to as webos. It is a fundamental language for Content Management Systems (CMS).

The term webbase was first used in 1998, a name given to a relational database whose schema defined a webo: its structure, content, layout, localization, navigation and security aspects. Later, to ease portability, the webbase was formalized into the XML based Webbase Ontology Language (WBOL), this introduced the term webbaselet, a webbase fragment.


Spin the Web addresses three issues to ease web develpments: describe, interpret and build. It is based on pillars of web development, HTML (SVG), CSS, Javascript, to name a few, it is not for the faint of heart, a good dose of knowhow is necessary, full stack development knowhow.

A webbase is an hierachically organized structure of three base elements, plus one: areas, pages and contents, the additional element is reference, it points to any of the three base elements; at the root of the hierarchy there is always a fifth element named webo. The file system analogy may be of help: the webo is the drive, areas are folders, pages are files, contents and references, well, they are something else! Like the file system, a webbase also addresses security, role level security, based on a simple inherited visibility paradigm.

Contents are special, they come in four flavors: navigational, organizational, presentational and special. The purpose of contents is to allow interaction with data of any kind, they request data, provide data, they can be simple microservices, dashbords they are described macroscopically by (WBOL) Webbase Ontology Language and microscopically (WBLL) Webbase Layout Language


  • Content centered
  • Role Based Access Control
  • Multilingual & Multinational
  • Templated

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