The CASCADE system has been developed by the Michael B. Spring and graduate students in the Department of Information Science and Telecommunications in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. More than 100 graduate students have been involved at various levels, but primary credits go to Emile L. Morse, Doug Burke, Swantje Wilms, Geir Inge Kristengard, I-Huang Terence Liu, Ramesh Sudini, Tammy Datri, Bill Fithen, Brian Sorrows, Gregory Schmitt, Misook Heo, Paul M. Vanderveen, and Tore Joergensen. Current development is supported in part by a contract from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The best way to get a sense of CASCADE is to use it. Therefore, we encourage you to read this document while you are running a CASCADE session. To gain access to a version of CASCADE, please contact us. There is a separate document -- ``A Users Guide for CASCADE'', that describes how to start and use CASCADE that can be made available to you.

The principle investigator was making an important presentation to visitors one day and showed them the sophisticated comment editor, only to find that the disposition of ``goofy statement'' and ``stupid comments'' was to ``the emperor'' (the PI), ``Donald Duck'', and others. The Ph.D. students had been playing with an additional refinement that allowed these values to be changed to different values for multiple projects by multiple users. They had forgotten about the demo and left them in the form that made sense for testing at 3:00am!

The conversion of the client software to multi-platform modules will occur in the 1996-1997 time frame as funding permits.

CORBA compliance will allow the CASCADE client interfaces to use the services of locally installed SGML/Hytime-compliant document editors which we anticipate will become available in the near term.

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Michael Spring
Mon Dec 16 14:39:59 EST 1996