Accession Number : ADA315858

Title :   Designing Tools to Aid Technical Editors: A Needs Analysis.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Feb-Oct 92,

Corporate Author : NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Duffy, Thomas M. ; Robinson, Carol A.

PDF Url : ADA315858

Report Date : OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 63

Abstract : The goal of this research was to identify the needs of technical editors that could be supported through the development of computer tools. Additionally, our goal was to understand the technical editing context as it is relevant to the design of those tools. Expert technical editors were surveyed to study three issues relevant to the design of computer-aided tools: the editing context, editing tasks and problems, and opportunities for designing computer-based tools. Potential design capabilities were identified. These include a networked document management system along with a 'comment' capability that supported accurate text analysis support tools.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, *TECHNICAL WRITING, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), SPECIFICATIONS, TOOLS, COMPUTERS, SURVEYS, ERROR ANALYSIS, ERRORS, USER NEEDS, DESIGN CRITERIA, WRITING, EDITING.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE