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DocuBits and Containers: Providing e-Document MicroMobility in a Walk-up Tabletop Environment,” Interact 2005

By Katherine Everitt, Chia Shen, Kathy Ryall and Clifton Forlines


Abstract. A key challenge in supporting face-to-face collaborative work is e-document micro-mobility: supporting movement of digital content amongst shared display surfaces and personal devices at arbitrary levels of document granularity. Micro-mobility is a dexterity that physical paper artifacts afford – the ability to be handled with any position and placement, to be dismantled, cut and torn apart, marked up, reassembled and sorted. To support micromobility for electronic content and group work, we propose DocuBits and Containers. DocuBits offer the metaphor of a paper-cutter and a scanner for electronic documents. A portion of screen ‘bits ’ from any application or any parts of visible display can be cut, grabbed, sent and launched onto a different display surface or device with minimal interaction – merely three mouse/stylus click-select. Once arrived on the target display surface, DocuBits can be arbitrarily positioned, re-oriented, marked up, and pulled into other documents, or again sent to other display surfaces. A Container is a composite draft of DocuBits and other documents, usually composed as the outcome of a collaborative meeting.

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