No special hardware.
The only hardware required for VTF is that every participant have a phone and a computer with a Web browser. Also necessary of course is the capability to operate both at the same time (will mean two phone lines for modem based Internet connections).
High speed Internet connections like ISDN are
convenient but not required. The structure of meeting
No special software.
Telemeeting participants merely need a modern Web
browser like Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Explorer.
And as for the telefacilitator's tool, there are many Web page
editors available entirely adequate for the real
Existing Web tools archive meeting maps for review
The output of the telemeeting is the meeting map, which is already in html format. Because each member of the telegroup has read access to the meeting map, everyone at the meeting can simply write their own copy of the text and graphics as html and GIFs to local storage.
And because the meeting maps are in html format, existing Web search programs, on the Internet or in Intranets, can then be used to locate particular items of interest in large collections of meeting maps.
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