Add a collaborative document editing feature similar to etherpad. #1630

bigbluebutton-issue-import opened this Issue Aug 12, 2015 · 2 comments


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Add a collaborative document editing feature similar to etherpad.

Etherpad offers pretty rich editing (styles, formattting, etc.)  What you'll probably
see first in BigBlueButton is some collaborative text editing, which would be enough
to start creating some share notes (such as minutes from the session).

We would also need to extend the BigBlueButton API to pre-populate the session with
the draft notes, and capture the updated shared notes after the session is finished.
 The capture part should be handled as part of the record and playback functionality.

Reported by ffdixon on 2011-02-20 12:40:26

Is it possible to have a window within the BBB interface where the participants can
access a webpage separately? 

If this is possible then the participants can each access the same Etherpad, and effectively
achieve this required outcome of having a collaborative editor within BBB. 

Why reinvent the wheel BBB is Great, Etherpad is Great; it would be bigger "Great"
to have them both within the same interface. 

Reported by on 2012-12-15 08:20:15

Hi Brian,

We'll approach using a collaborative web application, such as Etherpad, in the HTML5
interface for BigBlueButton.  See

It will be *much* easier to support embeddable HTML applications in an HTML5 environment
than in a Flash environment.

Reported by ffdixon on 2012-12-15 13:47:52

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