Up: Background to NTE
Generally speaking there are two main forms of usage for a shared editor:
In practice, when working in groups, we observe that shared editors
also get used to a degree as additional communication channel, but
this can largely be though of as annotation, even though these
meta-annotations are not directly associated with existing text.
Thus it is important for a shared editor to be able to easily support
both these communication modes as transparently as possible.
- Collaborative editing of a passage of text
- Annotation of a passage of text
If we satisfy the interactivity requirement above, it is vitally important, whether annotating or modifying text,
that the person making a particular change is easily identifiable, even
though several changes may be being made simultaneously.