Issues in the Design of Computer Support for Co-authoring and Commenting
C.M. Neuwirth, D.S. Kaufer, R. Chandhok, and J.H. Morris
Oct 29, 1999
- I agree with the authors that system defined roles must be flexible, and that planing and writing are performed hand-to-hand. However regarding the use of explicitly defined roles I have my reservations.
- The authors present a dichotomy in the communication support of: plans and comments. Is this dichotomy really necessary?
- Are today's systems more permeable?
- I think it is necessary to add WYSISYG features to the content column in the draft. Comments do not always refer to content, but also to the form and appearance.
- Issue: multiple commenters would require multiple columns in the drafts. This can be very expensive from the screen real estate point of view.
- Notorious fact: they attempt using font size and space relationships. This points to other work like VIKI.
- The presentation about versioning makes it look less complex than it actually is.