Document presence notification services for collaborative writing

  • Morán A
  • Favela J
  • Martínez A
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Instant messaging applications that convey presence awareness are
quickly becoming some of the most popular groupware applications. They
support lightweight and intermittent interactions that allow users to
quickly move between a personal and a collective space, thus blurring
the traditional distinction between synchronous and asynchronous
systems. Often, however, the focus of collaboration is not another
person, but a shared resource that is being produced in collaboration.
Thus, rather than being interested in the presence and status of a
collaborator, our main interest might be whether a given document is now
available for one to read or review, or if such resource has changed
since it was last visited. In this paper we describe Doc2U, a system
that provides presence awareness of resources stored in the Web. We
describe use scenarios that motivated its development and its current
implementation as an extended service of a Web server. The tool forms
part of the services currently, being developed to support collaborative
authoring on the WWW under the PINAS platform.

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  • Doc2U
  • Document presence
  • collaborative writing
  • state notification

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  • Alberto MoranUniversidad Autónoma de Baja California

  • J. Favela

  • A. M. Martínez

  • D. Decouchant

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