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Narrative-based writing for coherent technical documents

Narrative-based writing for coherent technical documents
Narrative-based writing for coherent technical documents
Narrative-based writing is a technique that was developed to address the lack of support for document coherence. The technique depends on the production of a story-like executive summary of the document called a DN (Document Narrative). This is then analysed using a discourse theory called Rhetorical Structure Theory (RST) which helps further to correct any lapses in coherence in the DN before proceeding to use it to write the document. Previous papers have described the technique briefly, alongside discussions of the ongoing software development to incorporate narrative support in writing tools. It has now become apparent that the technique itself needs to be explained in greater detail. This is the purpose of this paper. Here, narrative-based writing and the reasoning behind it is described. This is followed by a description of a user experiment conducted in May 2006 to evaluate narrative-based writing and discover areas in which it could be improved. The positive feedback from the volunteers has motivated us to continue to refine and simplify the technique.
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 (2007) Narrative-based writing for coherent technical documents. At ACM Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (SIGDOC) ACM Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (SIGDOC), United States. 22 - 24 Oct 2007.

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Abstract

Narrative-based writing is a technique that was developed to address the lack of support for document coherence. The technique depends on the production of a story-like executive summary of the document called a DN (Document Narrative). This is then analysed using a discourse theory called Rhetorical Structure Theory (RST) which helps further to correct any lapses in coherence in the DN before proceeding to use it to write the document. Previous papers have described the technique briefly, alongside discussions of the ongoing software development to incorporate narrative support in writing tools. It has now become apparent that the technique itself needs to be explained in greater detail. This is the purpose of this paper. Here, narrative-based writing and the reasoning behind it is described. This is followed by a description of a user experiment conducted in May 2006 to evaluate narrative-based writing and discover areas in which it could be improved. The positive feedback from the volunteers has motivated us to continue to refine and simplify the technique.

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Published date: October 2007
Additional Information: Event Dates: 22-24 Oct 2007
Venue - Dates: ACM Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (SIGDOC), United States, 2007-10-22 - 2007-10-24
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science

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Local EPrints ID: 264969
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/264969
PURE UUID: 72d6b27e-166b-42a1-9d33-fe202c96c53c

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Date deposited: 14 Dec 2007 14:58
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:30

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