Google Docs adds collaborative highlighting

Google has added what it calls "collaborative highlighting" to its web-based Google Docs, which lets users see the text that other editors are highlighting as they select it.

Google has added what it calls "collaborative highlighting" to its web-based Google Docs, which lets users see the text that other editors are highlighting as they select it.

"Writing a document collaboratively in Google Docs is like playing a team sport. It's one thing to see your co-editors' cursors and know where they are. But to really work well together, it helps to know what they're about to do," said Peter Solderitsch, a Google software engineer.

Collaborative highlighting makes it easier to anticipate the changes other editors are about to make, Peter Solderitsch wrote in a blog post.

"So if someone is about to delete something on your screen or drag text somewhere else, you'll see them highlight that text before anything changes," Solderitsch said.

Collaborative highlighting is the latest innovation to Google Docs since the company released a version in April that introduced several real-time collaboration features.

A JavaScript engine and HTML5 were added to enable Google Docs to support up to 50 people working simultaneously.

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