Groupware, International Workshop on (2000)
Oct. 18, 2000 to Oct. 20, 2000
M. Alba , Dept. of Comput. Sci., CICESE Res. Center, Ensenada, Mexico
J. Favela , Dept. of Comput. Sci., CICESE Res. Center, Ensenada, Mexico
Handheld computers represent one of the fastest growing segments of the computer industry today. As this happens, they become a natural medium for collaboration. Besides storing much of the user's personal data, they are always at hand, in sharp contrast with desktop computers. However, much work remains to be done for handheld computers to become the platform of choice for computer-mediated collaboration. First, we must determine the role that these devices should play in a collaboration architecture that includes not only server and desktop computers, but also the growing number of computers placed around our living environments. Second, tools need to be built to facilitate the development of handheld collaborative applications. The paper addresses these two issues, describing use scenarios for handheld collaboration and presenting COMAL, a framework for the development of handheld collaborative applications. The use of this framework is illustrated with the development of a sample application.
notebook computers; handheld collaboration support; COMAL; handheld computers; computer industry; personal data; computer-mediated collaboration; collaboration architecture; living environments; handheld collaborative applications; use scenarios; sample application; CSCW
M. Alba and J. Favela, "Supporting Handheld Collaboration through COMAL," Groupware, International Workshop on(CRIWG), Madiera, Portugal, 2000, pp. 52.