While certain aspects of collaboration already take place in current usage of the World Wide Web, no dedicated and integrated system exists to support this kind of collaboration. Instead, existing means of communication are used, which is cumbersome in many cases. The present work is an attempt to develop an integrated approach to collaborative Web usage. The theoretical backgrounds for such an approach are laid out by the terminology and a survey of existing work. Relevant concepts are introduced and an architecture is selected from a variety of options. The feature set for a prototype is defined and that prototype – called teamXweb is implemented. An experiment conducted with that prototype is described as well as a follow-up user survey. Finally, future directions for the approach are discussed.
Towards an Integrated Approach to Collaborative Web Usage