Glossary » collaborative writing
multiple people composing text together. Collaborative writing systems may provide both realtime support and non-realtime support. Word processors may provide asynchronous support by showing authorship and allowing users to track changes and make annotations to documents. Authors collaborating on a document may also be given tools to help plan and coordinate the authoring process, such as methods for locking parts of the document or linking separately-authored documents. Synchronous support allows authors to see each other’s changes as they make it, and usually needs to provide an additional communication channel to the authors as they work, such as videophones or chat.