Small-Scale Collaborative Writing Using Electronic Mail
This chapter describes one experience with using electronic mail (email) to support the editing of documents by a small group (three people) and is contrasted with similar experiences with larger groups. My own experience of collaborative authoring in these contexts spans about a dozen instances and generally has involved geographically disparate, often international, groups using a heterogeneous set of hardware and software platforms. Indeed, one reason why email was used was because the groups were international. In many cases the collaborative authoring enterprises were far from satisfactory, although in virtually all cases the documents were finally produced. The advantages of the speed of email and its machine readable status were more than offset at times by the disadvantages associated with version control, formatting and managing suggested changes, particularly of a detailed nature.
KeywordsElectronic Mail Version Management Computer Support Cooperative Work Bullet Point Collaborative Writing
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