NEW: KOffice -- collaborative editing
Name: Igor Stepin
Mentor: Cyrille Berger
I plan to implement real-time collaborative editing for KWord. This would allow the owner of the document to invite people via IM or other ways to work with him/her on the document. I'm planning implementation of KWord support only (support of other applications will be also implemented, after work on KWord is complete).
What is collaborative editor?
A collaborative editor is a software application that allows several people to edit a computer file using different computers. There are two types of collaborative editors, real-time and non-real-time. Real-time collaborative editors allow users to edit the same file at anytime, including editing at the same time. Non-real-time collaborative editors do not allow editing of the same file at the same time. Non-real-time collaborative editors are similar to revision control systems.
This is the list of collaboration functionality that should be implemented.
- Publish local documents.
- Session initiation via IM or zeroconf.
- Collaborative plain-text editing in a shared document.
- Possible collaborative rich-text (fonts, styles, etc.) editing in a shared document.
- Disconnect users.
- Investigate current implementations. Write prototypes for some of them. Evaluate at least libobby, MateEdit, and DrawPile. Choose base for implementation. (1 week)
- Define draft of interfaces for the collaboration API. Make prototype of UI. Show them to mentor and KOffice developers. (1 week)
- Write unit tests for API. Configure test environment for KWord (to speed-up testing). (0,5 week)
- Implementation of main features. Integration with KWord. (3 weeks)
- Bug fixes and reserved time. (3 weeks)
What will not be done
- Only integration with KWord is planned.
- Probably, rich-text communication (different fonts and paragraph
styles) will not be implemented.
- Specific techniques for NAT traversal or UPnP/PMP-enabled firewall/router configuration will not be implemented.
- Images, tables and other complex 'objects' in the document will not be supported.
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