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ReMarkable Texts

Project Overview

ReMarkable Texts is a project in collaboration with the Microsoft Research Learning Science and Technology (MSR LST) group and the Department of Defense's Joint Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Laboratory (Joint ADL Co-Lab). This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. #0226216 as part of the National Science Digital Library program.

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The ReMarkable Texts system is targeted for pen computing, specifically the Tablet PC. The Tablet PC is like a laptop, but it allows the user to write "ink" directly on its screen as if it were a notebook. Thanks to how Tablet PC's are designed, it is fairly natural to do handwriting and sketching. Most Tablet PC's allow the user to ink without the keyboard in the way, either by folding away or detaching the keyboard. In the future, it is expected that most students and knowledge workers will have a Tablet PC instead of the laptops they have today.

ReMarkable Texts is a digital notebook, utilizing the Tablet PC, to be used by students and professionals for taking notes on lectures and collaborative projects. The goal of the system is to provide the ease of traditional notetaking on paper while utilizing the power of a computer.

The biggest difference between this project and other note-taking applications like Microsoft's Journal or One Note is that ReMarkable Texts is a vehicle for general and domain-specific note-taking research. To facilitate this research ReMarkable Texts is released as open source and includes a TabletPC note-taking plug-in framework. For example, ReMarkable Texts not only has standard inking and annotation features, but also provides various types of retrieval mechanisms on ink, tags, and other metadata, both synchronous and asynchronous collaboration, history playback, and fine-grained bidirectional hyperlinking. The system's collaboration functionality is built on ConferenceXP.


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Loring Holden
Tim Miller
Bob Zeleznik


Loring Holden
Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
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