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Collaborative Authoring and Reviewing over the Internet

, Centro de Investicgacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada, Mexico ; , Universidad de Tijuana, Mexico

WEBNETJ Volume 3, Number 3, ISSN 1522-192X Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


Even though writing is mostly an individual activity, it has been estimated that approximately 85% of all business and academic documents are created in collaboration when considering the whole document creation process (including planning, writing, reviewing, and editing). Most collaborative tools developed to support this process, however, concentrate mostly on the writing process, while those that support both writing and reviewing do not provide mechanisms to structure the discussions that take place among participants to make decisions regarding the document's contents and/or structure. This helps explain the preference, reported in the literature, for using electronic means to review our own documents and paper for those authored by others. We present a collaborative tool, named COARSY, which supports the review and editing of html documents. We describe the functionality of the tool and the rationale behind its design. We report on the use of COARSY in two different projects and the benefits and limitations reported by its users. All the users agreed that the system is useful because it incorporates the contributions of all participants and facilitates editing the document by linking these contributions to the document.


Favela, J. & Ruiz, D.C. (2001). Collaborative Authoring and Reviewing over the Internet. WebNet Journal: Internet Technologies, Applications & Issues, 3(3), 26-34. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 4, 2020 from .



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