Webstrates: Shareable Dynamic Media

Paper by cklokmose, eagan, Siemen Baader, Wendy Mackay, Michel Beaudouin-Lafon (2015)


Webstrates offer a novel approach for creating shareable dynamic media that blur the distinction between documents and applications. Our vision requires software to be malleable by users, so they can appropriate documents and tools to meet individual needs; shareable among users, so they can collaborate on multiple aspects of the media; and distributable across heterogeneous devices and platforms.

By sharing embedded code, behavior typically associated with application software can also be (collaboratively) manipulated, opening the way to novel possibilities for combining content, computation and interaction. Webstrates can be composed by embedding one webstrate within another, a process called transclusion [Nelson 1995], that lets users truly share, rather than copy, content.


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