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A multi-user collaborative system in which the contents as well as the current status of other user activity of a shared structured data object representing one or more related structured data objects in the form of data entries can be concurrently accessed by different users respectively at different workstations connected to a common link. The WYSIWIS user interface representation of the shared structured data object includes an ordered listing of such entries that are maintained by the structured data object and various attributes of each listed entry, inter alia, the type and class of entry; the revision number of the shared structured data object; the number of pages and revision number of each structured data object entry; the date of creation and last revision of each such entry; whether an entry can be accessed by a user and, if not, who has prevented such access to prevent concurrent editing; whether a local instance of an entry is present on a user's system; and a provision for miscellaneous notes or comments relative to each entry for view by other users. Means is provided for maintaining current information relative to the shared structured object and its entries on a user initiated demand updated basis invoked by a user operation, which operation requires updated information to properly implement the operation.

Title
Representation of collaborative multi-user activities relative to shared structured data objects in a networked workstation environment
Application Number
7/127993
Publication Number
5008853
Application Date
December 2, 1987
Publication Date
April 16, 1991
Inventor
Stephen B Tom
San Francisco
CA, US
Michael L Tallan
Mountain View
CA, US
William J Maybury
Torrance
CA, US
Brian T Lewis
Palo Alto
CA, US
Michael D Kupfer
Mountain View
CA, US
Jeffery D Hodges
Newark
CA, US
A Brady Farrand
Berkeley
CA, US
Sara A Bly
Mountain View
CA, US
Agent
James T Beran
W Douglas Carothers Jr
Assignee
Xerox Corporation
CT, US
IPC
G06F 3/14
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