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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: Whiteboard Tool (was: [RT] FirstFriday - monthly virtual Hackathon (wiki pages))
Date Tue, 21 Oct 2003 23:01:19 GMT

On Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003, at 15:19 Europe/Rome, Arje Cahn wrote:

>> doable? digest this first
> Ok; this is going to sound silly, I know.
> I was thinking of sending keystrokes to different span's when a 
> message is catched by the HTTP call. Should be easy enough. Next would 
> be an algorithm that is able of splitting <span>s when you click on 
> them so people can type in the same line of text. Catching the events 
> when someone types and sending it to a server is quite easy. Just add 
> some colouring and we're done.

eheh, sounds easy but it's not, read the paper ;-)

>> I'd rather use designMode/Midas-like approach of having a white canvas
>> (an iframe in html) to play with. contenteditable tends to be a little
>> too granular for free-form editing.
> Yes, probably. I'm into the designMode part.
> Besides that I'm sure the biggest issue here is not in the editing 
> interface but in the communication with peers. I'm not a hero on that 
> part. So if someone could please help on this one; that would be > great.
> We could also opt for some Java IRC applet or something? There is 
> plenty of that on SourceForge.

I agree that maybe going jedit or eclipse is a much "easier" way to go: 
having it into eclipse would be killer.

>> Count me in, but this is going to require *massive* thinking,
>> expecially on how to reduce the problems of latency over the network.
> *massive* thinking! Wow - I need that. Could you teach me how to do 
> that? :)

no, it's a secret ;-)


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