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Published on Oct 5, 2010
MATE was a prototype that investigated the design of a tool to support the life-cycle of a document after it had been written, but before completion, i.e., during annotaion, correction, editing, etc. It supported collaboration, such as having others proof read and mark up your document, and then the author or editor taking these comments and suggestions under consideration in the master document. Mate built on the traditional paper and pen tradition of proof-reading, and such, made use of digital ink. Hence, it is very was very relevant to pen-based interfaces. It has perhaps even more relevance now than when it was originally done.
Part of the inspiration was the older system, Wang Freestyle. Our focus in this study was not to duplicate all of Freestyle (although given Freestyle, we worked under the assumption that our final implementation would have the temporal animation and voice, capabilities that it demonstrated). What we focused on was on one area where we wanted to improve Freestyle, namely, have it work on "live" documents rather than images of documents, thereby allowing the annotations to be able to be used to invoke the changes that they notated.
This work was sadly cut short by the premature death of the main student whose work it was, Gary Hardock. This work was done by Gary, Gord Kurtenbach, and myself in 1992-93 as part of the research of the Input Research Group (IRG) of the University of Toronto.
Ref: Hardock, G., Kurtenbach, G., and Buxton, W. (1993). A Marking Based Interface for Collaborative Writing. Proccedings of UIST'93., 259-266. http://billbuxton.com/Mate.html