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Issue 2 • Date June 1997

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  • Hypertext And Cognition [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 144 - 145
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  • Rhetoric And The Arts Of Design [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 146 - 147
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  • 1996 Alfred N. Goldsmith Award Presented To David E. Nadziejka

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 148
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  • 1996 Emily K. Schlesinger Award Presented To Stephanie Rosenbaum

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 149
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  • Using SGML to create complex interactive documents for electronic publishing

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 129 - 138
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    In creating complex interactive documents, some technical communicators use software products that emphasize format and style in displaying pages. This approach limits the communicator's ability to repackage the information presented in electronic versions and increase its interactive use, which is a key benefit of the structure-based approach offered by using Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML). In a number of projects that render mathematical, scientific, and engineering texts electronically, using SGML allows the technical communicator to make equations interactive and to automate links to references. The author sketches out problems associated with page description approaches to displaying electronic pages and discusses the comparative benefits of SGML View full abstract»

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  • Lessons learned prototyping an SGML-based computerized document management system

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 139 - 143
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    In developing new ways to publish vast amounts of information, many technical communication teams face problems that go far beyond the challenges of one book, a series of books, or even a series of CD-ROMs. Technical communicators begin to face a constellation of problems that are more like those that have plagued software development since it became a distinct profession in the 1960s. At first a project seems promising. Then, as the work begins and progresses, we become enmeshed in interlocking problems of management, purchasing, staffing, training, installation, integration, and vision. This article summarizes the lessons learned from a major effort to use the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) to pull together into a single, accessible, electronic “publication” large amounts of very complicated information View full abstract»

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  • Displaying scientific graphics on computer

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 78 - 91
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    Complex scientific graphics that reproduce well on paper may be difficult to display on computer because of the limited size and resolution of standard desktop monitors. This paper describes several methods for computer display of such large, dense graphics that preserve the usability of the graphics and support the ways users need to interact with the figures. Building on a simple structure of base panels and overlays joined by hypertext links, these methods provide ways of reorganizing figures into smaller graphical units that can be displayed easily, yet communicate all the information the original figure was designed to convey View full abstract»

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  • Customer partnering: data gathering for complex on-line documentation

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 102 - 110
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    Technical communicators today must document complex applications used in complex environments. Information about users and use models is important under these conditions, especially if documentation will be presented on-line. Customer partnering, a method of information gathering that supplements surveys, contextual inquiries, usability testing, and interviews, provides one way of involving the users of complex applications in the design of information delivery systems. We used this method to help a client gather important information about user and use models and design a new information library for complex server computer systems View full abstract»

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  • Enabling the book metaphor for the World-Wide-Web: disseminating on-line information as dynamic Web documents

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 111 - 128
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    As new technologies allow us to change the way we publish information, moving from hardcopy to on-line and the Web, we find that we need to distribute electronic information in a multitude of formats on different platforms concurrently, while exploiting the electronic medium. In addition, we face the challenge of organizing this information on media such as CD-ROM, LAN, and the Web so readers can search through the information successfully. To be able to create, maintain, and update this information, we recommend using a single source of information; to display this complex interactive material in a way that readers can make sense of we recommend adopting a book metaphor View full abstract»

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  • Introduction: special issue on structuring complex information for electronic publication

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 69 - 77
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    To improve the structure of complex information when it is to be presented electronically, technical communicators may turn to ideas taken from object-oriented programming to clarify and revive the structure of the material in existing documents before mounting them on-line. When an organization starts moving information onto the Web, technical communicators may go through a phase transition: as the publishing system becomes much more complex, it exhibits emergent behaviors, and it demands new attitudes, concepts, and work from the technical communicator View full abstract»

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  • Creating electronic documents that interact with diagnostic software for on-site service

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 92 - 101
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    Xerox Corporation has developed an integrated electronic documentation system for field technicians to use at customer sites for diagnosis and repair of equipment. The electronic documentation system lets users access large technical documents that include text, graphics, video, and sound. Documents interact with the equipment being serviced to provide the reader with information relevant to the current situation. This article discusses how the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) was used, user interface requirements and how they are addressed in the system, multimedia implementation techniques, integration strategies with other service tools, and the technologies employed in the system View full abstract»

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The IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to applied research on professional communication--including but not limited to technical and business communication. It has been published since 1957 by the Professional Communication Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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