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Re: [tdf-discuss] Realtime collaboration without a browser, CMU Link Grammar checker


Hi Keith,

On 18/04/18 18:39, Keith Curtis wrote:
> 1. Have you thought about creating a plugin for realtime collaboration
> without running in a browser ?

Yes. Checkout eg.

https://people.gnome.org/~michael/blog/2012-03-26-collaboration.html

In a nutshell - I for one abandoned this approach: it is hard - far
harder than the existing Online design - to the point that having a fake
shell using tiling (etc.) that looks like LibreOffice but is really
something like a browser to a single nominated end-point which is an
Online instance: non-symmetric but far easier is an approach I'd suggest.

> I'd love to be able to hand out
> LibreOffice invites to other people to work on shared documents, or
> even connecting to a Google server, but continuing to do all my work
> inside my beloved LibreOffice. I see LibreOffice allows you to connect
> to Google docs, but I don't think it enables real-time collaboration
> or the chatbox.

Wouldn't we all =) firewalls aside, the coding problem of keeping
multiple models in-sync asynchronously and resolving conflicts is
roughly O(n^2) where n is in the number of operations that can be
exchanged. Coding complexity / or developer time that goes with N^2 is a
nightmare =) consider re-ordering sort-sheet vs. rename cell vs. insert
chart ;-> ...

HTH,

Michael.

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michael.meeks@collabora.com <><, Pseudo Engineer, itinerant idiot

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