Proceedings of the 34th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (2001)
Jan. 3, 2001 to Jan. 6, 2001
We have brought a message board on the door of a room in a student hall of residence into the WWW environment as a novel type of asynchronous communication system. The idea of this research came from the experience of an extensive use of such a message board in a postgraduate student hall of residence. We call the type of communication through this type of a message board "on-door communication." We have tried and developed such a system on the network as a message board system on WWW for asynchronous communication. The system provides users with simple tools for drawing. Letters are coded as a collection of lines. Users write messages by hand making use of a mouse and a tablet. We incorporate a feature for time visualization into the system, so that messages in past would be fading out of the board gradually. It is this feature that makes our system significantly different from the other whiteboard systems on the network; the latters are implemented usually for real-time communications. This paper reports our design and implementation of a prototype system as well as its operation. The evaluation of drawing function is reported briefly.
CSCW, whiteboard, message board, handwriting, Group support system, WWW
H. Gondo, M. Miyazaki, Y. Nakamoto, Y. Murayama and N. Segawa, "Visualization of Time in a Message Board System on WWW for On-Door Communication," Proceedings of the 34th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences(HICSS), Maui, Hawaii, 2001, pp. 1036.