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Narrative support for technical documents: Formalising Rhetorical Structure Theory

Narrative support for technical documents: Formalising Rhetorical Structure Theory
Narrative support for technical documents: Formalising Rhetorical Structure Theory
Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) is an area that requires a lot of technical documents and an important feature of a well-written document is a coherent narrative. Even though computer software has helped authors in many other aspects of writing, support for document narratives is almost non-existent. Therefore, we introduce CANS (Computer-Aided Narrative Support), a tool that uses Rhetorical Structure Theory to enhance the narrative of a document. From this narrative, the tool generates questions to prompt the author for the content of the document. CANS also allows the author to explore alternative narratives for a document. A catalogue of predefined narrative structures for popular types of documents is provided too. Our tool is still in its rudimentary stages but sufficiently complete to be demonstrated.
Document narratives, Technical documents for BPR, Rhetorical Structure Theory, XML
De Silva, Nishadi
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Henderson, Peter
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De Silva, Nishadi
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Henderson, Peter
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De Silva, Nishadi and Henderson, Peter (2005) Narrative support for technical documents: Formalising Rhetorical Structure Theory. At International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS) International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS), United States. 24 - 28 May 2005.

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Abstract

Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) is an area that requires a lot of technical documents and an important feature of a well-written document is a coherent narrative. Even though computer software has helped authors in many other aspects of writing, support for document narratives is almost non-existent. Therefore, we introduce CANS (Computer-Aided Narrative Support), a tool that uses Rhetorical Structure Theory to enhance the narrative of a document. From this narrative, the tool generates questions to prompt the author for the content of the document. CANS also allows the author to explore alternative narratives for a document. A catalogue of predefined narrative structures for popular types of documents is provided too. Our tool is still in its rudimentary stages but sufficiently complete to be demonstrated.

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Published date: 2005
Additional Information: Event Dates: 24-28 May 2005
Venue - Dates: International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS), United States, 2005-05-24 - 2005-05-28
Keywords: Document narratives, Technical documents for BPR, Rhetorical Structure Theory, XML
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science

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Local EPrints ID: 260642
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/260642
PURE UUID: 720aa02d-cdc7-4ac8-8794-a90759fca28f

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Date deposited: 04 Mar 2005
Last modified: 17 Apr 2017 22:12

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Author: Nishadi De Silva
Author: Peter Henderson

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