When it comes to writing text in the internet*, people compare their experience to Word. What they want to have is the literal empty page of paper in front of them, and annotated exchange of different versions.
We know different interfaces to achieve this idea in a creative, yet usable way:
These are in declining user-friendlyness from top to bottom. What the web tools are often missing, is the liberty to work on- and offline without friction.
Where Booktype has nice check-in and -out capabilities for individual chapters, notes, chats and offers the same track changes functionality as word, it does not bring real-time nor offline capabilities. Here StackEdit trumps the field with collaborative work spaces for on-off synchronised editing and commenting of texts. The Public Lab as astonishingly managed to produce an interface that is not only informative, but also usable, by having multiple views on events, questions and pages, while everything is thoroughly documented, and many more interaction points with the community are provided. DokuWiki is the representative of simple wiki documentation systems here.
- writing hypertext in the world wide web