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Strudel - An Extensible Electronic Conversation Toolkit

Shepherd, Allan; Mayer, Niels; Kuchinsky, Allan



Abstract: This paper describes the conceptual model of 'Strudel' a toolkit of generic components for conversation and action management. To empower work groups to more effectively conduct their computer-based communication, coordination, and information sharing activities, Strudel packages within a simple model of task and action the semi-structured message, active message and conversation management paradigms. To facilitate acceptance and use within varying work cultures we define this model in terms of a set of extensible components, which are implemented as a prototype software toolkit that is efficient, portable, customizable, and extensible. Issues considered briefly in this paper include threading in conversations that are converging or multi-party, and interoperability between active message systems.

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