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Title: Integrating XML and CORBA to support collaborative writing using off-the-shelf editing software
Authors: Ho, KS
Leong, HV 
Lam, W
Luk, RWP 
Keywords: Collaborative writing
CORBA
Workflow
XML
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Source: Information systems, 2006, v. 31, no. 6, p. 465-488 How to cite?
Journal: Information Systems 
Abstract: In this paper, collaborative writing is modeled as a workflow application comprising a number of activities. Each activity is assigned to a co-author to edit certain part(s) of the shared document. The order of editing is governed by a workflow schedule, which can be modified during execution. To enable concurrent editing, a data definition scheme is proposed whereby documents are transformed into the XML format for internal storage. Effectively, a hierarchical structure is superimposed on each document, allowing it to be broken down into a number of independent parts. These parts may then be separately edited in parallel. Unlike other approaches, the system supports the use of off-the-shelf editor software. Users can thus adapt to the system easily and existing documents can also be re-used rapidly. A prototype has been built which supports collaborative editing of Microsoft Word TM documents.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/22765
ISSN: 0306-4379
DOI: 10.1016/j.is.2005.01.002
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