Proceedings of the Fourth European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work ECSCW ’95

pp 101-116

Contact: Support for Distributed Cooperative Writing

  • Andrew KirbyAffiliated withComputing Department, Lancaster University
  • , Tom RoddenAffiliated withComputing Department, Lancaster University

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This paper presents a novel system to support the activities of distributed cooperative writing. The system builds upon the results from previous studies of cooperative work, and on a set of short focused studies of cooperative authoring to outline a framework and system to meet the requirements of cooperating authors. The system provides facilities to represent the decomposition of the writing task and assignment of responsibilities. In addition, a series of monitoring facilities is provided which allows authors to coordinate their activities in the construction of documents.