Accession Number : ADA154723
Title : Interactive On-Line Conferences.
Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,
Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE LAB FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE
Personal Author(s) : Sarin,S K
Report Date : Dec 1984
Pagination or Media Count : 254
Abstract : A real-time conference allows a group of users, each at his or her own workstation, to conduct a problem-solving meeting by collectively viewing and manipulating a shared space of on-line application information while using a voice communication channel for discussion and negotiation. A real-time conference thus supplements asynchronous communication services, such as electronic mail, by permitting simultaneous manipulation of shared information. Techniques are presented in this document for designing and implementing real-time conferences on distributed computer systems. Useful functions for real-time conferences are proposed: control over who may join a conference, and over concurrent participant commands within a conference, private spaces and transfer of information between shared and private spaces; display of status information describing who is present in a conference and who is entering commands; eliciting and collecting responses to be used in decision-making; planning a conference and making it known to potential participants; and maintaining and reviewing records of a conference. The tradeoffs involved in selecting a comprehensible set of commands for these functions are illustrated by the detailed design of a real-time conferencing system for joint editing of documents. Additional keywords: teleconferencing; computer networks.
Descriptors : *TELECOMMUNICATIONS , *VOICE COMMUNICATIONS , *CONFERENCING(COMMUNICATIONS) , SYMPOSIA , NETWORKS , REAL TIME , DISTRIBUTION , INTERACTIONS , COMPUTERS , SHARING , COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS , DOCUMENTS , TRANSFER , ONLINE SYSTEMS , CHANNELS , EDITING , ELECTRONIC MAIL
Subject Categories : Command, Control and Communications Systems
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE