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

Tran, Minh Hong, Yang, Yun and Raikundalia, Gitesh K (2006) Extended Radar View and Modification Director : Awareness Mechanisms for Synchronous Collaborative Authoring. In: Seventh Australasian User Interface (AUIC2006), January 16-19, 2006, Hobart, Australia.

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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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: extended radar view; ERV; modification director; MD; group awareness; synchronous collaborative authoring; awareness mechanisms; groupware
Subjects: Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Historical > RFCD Classification > 280000 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Cynthia Newing
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 24 May 2013 04:11
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