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Re: a comment about paper

From: W. Scott Meeks <meeks@osf.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 1996 13:20:35 -0400
Message-Id: <199607291839.OAA16600@postman.osf.org>
To: Leslie Cuff <lez@fastfwd.com>
cc: www-annotation@w3.org, www-collaboration@w3.org
Leslie,

You raise a very interesting point:

>Date: Mon, 29 Jul 1996 13:04:24 -0230
>From: Leslie Cuff <lez@fastfwd.com>
[...]
> Another missing piece of the puzzle is... what if the underlying (host)
>resource changes after a set of (parasitic) annotations have been applied 
>to it... and what if the changes are so drastic that the context of the
>original annotations are lost. Obviously it is the right of anyone
>to change any URL response at any time (or is it???), but wouldn't
>you like to be able to keep your snarky comments in line with the 
>host resource? This is screaming for some sort of notification
>system which has knowledge of the web of annotations and the 
>responsible authorities for each one. 

We're doing some work that might help for this problem, at least within the
context of a single group.  We're developing support for a notification
system based on the Athena Zephyr system.  Basically for our purposes this
support multicasting lightweight notices within a cell/realm/<whatever>.
So far we've integrated it with our Mediator system for controlling and
tracking access to a group's shared web space.  I hope to be able to
integrate it with our group annotation system sometime in the future; then
we should be able to provide notification in both directions--writer's of
annotations can be notified if the annotated document changes and document
owners/authors can be notified if their document is annotated.

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Received on Monday, 29 July 1996 14:40:12 GMT

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