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

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


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)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/564
Official URL https://dl.acm.org/doi/pdf/10.5555/1151758.1151763
ISBN 1920682325
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 280000 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 0806 Information Systems
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords Extended Radar View ; ERV ; Modification Director ; MD ; CoWord ; synchronous collaborative authoring ; groupware group awareness; awareness mechanisms;
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