Deep diffs: visually exploring the history of a document

R Shannon, AJ Quigley, Patrick Nixon

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Abstract

Software tools are used to compare multiple versions of a textual document to help a reader understand the evolution of that document over time. These tools generally support the comparison of only two versions of a document, requiring multiple comparisons to be made to derive a full history of the document across multiple versions. We present Deep Diffs, a novel visualisation technique that exposes the multiple layers of history of a document at once, directly in the text, highlighting areas that have changed over multiple successive versions, and drawing attention to passages that are new, potentially unpolished or contentious. These composite views facilitate the writing and editing process by assisting memory and encouraging the analysis of collaboratively-authored documents. We describe how this technique effectively supports common text editing tasks and heightens participants’ understanding of the process in collaborative editing scenarios like wiki editing and paper writing.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
Pages361-364
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventAVI '10 Proceedings of the International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces - Roma, Italy
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …

Conference

ConferenceAVI '10 Proceedings of the International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces
Period1/01/10 → …

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Keywords

  • Text visualization
  • temporal visualization
  • wiki
  • versions
  • collaborative writing
  • editing
  • diffing
  • undo
  • history
  • Wikipedia

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Shannon, R., Quigley, AJ., & Nixon, P. (2010). Deep diffs: visually exploring the history of a document. In Unknown Host Publication (pp. 361-364) https://doi.org/10.1145/1842993.1843063
Shannon, R ; Quigley, AJ ; Nixon, Patrick. / Deep diffs: visually exploring the history of a document. Unknown Host Publication. 2010. pp. 361-364
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Shannon, R, Quigley, AJ & Nixon, P 2010, Deep diffs: visually exploring the history of a document. in Unknown Host Publication. pp. 361-364, AVI '10 Proceedings of the International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces, 1/01/10. https://doi.org/10.1145/1842993.1843063

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Shannon R, Quigley AJ, Nixon P. Deep diffs: visually exploring the history of a document. In Unknown Host Publication. 2010. p. 361-364 https://doi.org/10.1145/1842993.1843063