[sugar] A few more toolbar buttons for AbiWord?

Ivan Krstić krstic
Mon Nov 20 11:15:05 EST 2006

J.M. Maurer wrote:
> I still think that abicollab will kick anything else's ass with regards
> to collaborative editing.. but feel free to reinvent the wheel in
> javascript :)

I'm trying to reinvent as few wheels as at all possible. The problem is
that OLPC is a sufficiently different road that many existing wheels are
too square for it, and we don't want to constantly have to call roadside
assistance, or risk getting a flat tire.

(No, I don't know what that means either. My hobby: beat metaphors to
death. :)

In all seriousness, there are a couple of reasons we're doing collab in
the notebook. We're only supporting the block-lock model (with timeouts)
because relying on the mesh to properly transmit n-way every keystroke
and not run into conflicts with more than 2 people is scary and not a
good model. Secondly, there are editing modes (e.g. collaborative
annotation) that simply don't exist in today's word processors, and
would be non-trivial to graft on. There were others that I have jotted
down in my notebook somewhere.

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