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DRAFTER: An Interactive Support Tool for Writing

Cecile Paris
Information Technology Research Institute, University of Brighton
AG 1, AG 2, AG 3, INET, AG 4, AG 5, D6, RG1, SWS  
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Date, Time and Location

Tuesday, 28 May 96
60 Minutes


In this talk, I will present DRAFTER, an interactive drafting tool
which supports technical authors in their task of writing multilingual
documentation for software systems. Unlike current generation systems
that aim at the automated production of instructions and that thus
keep the authors out of the loop, DRAFTER is an interactive support
tool intended to be integrated in the technical author's working
environment. To this end, it was designed based on a user
requirements analysis. DRAFTER tries to automate some of the more
tedious aspects of the authors' tasks and support them in writing
multilingual documentation. As with any generation system, DRAFTER
requires a semantic knowledge base from which text can be generated.
While DRAFTER obtains as much as it can of this knowledge base
automatically from external sources, it also allows the authors to
specify the portions that cannot be acquired automatically, and
provides for a parallel development of knowledge base and natural

language text.


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