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This paper describes the design and implementation of a file system based distributed authoring system for campus-wide workgroups. The authors focus on documents for which changes by different group members are harder to automatically reconcile into a single version. Prior approaches relied on using group-aware editors. Others built collaborative middleware that allowed the group members to use traditional authoring tools. These approaches relied on an ability to automatically detect conflicting updates. They also operated on specific document types. Instead, their system relies on users to moderate and reconcile updates by other group members. Their file system based approach also allows group members to modify any document type.
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