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Extended Radar View and Modification Director: Awareness Mechanisms for Synchronous Collaborative Authoring

Tran, Minh Hong and Yang, Yun and Raikundalia, Gitesh K (2006) Extended Radar View and Modification Director: Awareness Mechanisms for Synchronous Collaborative Authoring. In: AUIC 2006, Hobart, Australia.

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Abstract

Providing effective support for group awareness is a critical requirement of synchronous collaborative authoring tools. This paper reports our work on developing new awareness mechanisms including Extended Radar View (ERV) and Modification Director (MD) for CoWord, a synchronous collaborative authoring tool that is developed based on Microsoft Word. ERV supports awareness for collaborative authoring tasks by showing both users' telecarets-eye views- the locations of working areas- and over-the-shoulder views- the locations of viewing areas in a shared Word document. MD keeps track of changes in the document, and notifies users when their text is modified by other people. This paper also reports an ongoing user-based study that is conducted to evaluate the usefulness of ERV and MD. The preliminary results show that ERV is useful in supporting group awareness, and ERV is preferred to a conventional radar view. MD was found useful to some extent in supporting awareness for collaborative authoring.

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Published as Tran, M.H., Yang, Y. and Raikundalia, G.K. (2006). Extended Radar View and Modification Director: Awareness Mechanisms for Synchronous Collaborative Authoring. In Proc. Seventh Australasian User Interface Conference (AUIC2006), Hobart, Australia. CRPIT, 50. Piekarski, W., Ed. ACS.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Extended Radar View (ERV); Modification Director (MD); CoWord; synchronous collaborative authoring; groupware.
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 280000 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 24 May 2013 04:11
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/564
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