NARRATIVE SUPPORT FOR TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS - Formalising Rhetorical Structure Theory

Nishadi De Silva, Peter Henderson

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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De Silva N. and Henderson P. (2005). NARRATIVE SUPPORT FOR TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS - Formalising Rhetorical Structure Theory . In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 4: ICEIS, ISBN 972-8865-19-8, pages 105-110. DOI: 10.5220/0002533501050110


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@conference{iceis05,
author={Nishadi De Silva and Peter Henderson},
title={NARRATIVE SUPPORT FOR TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS - Formalising Rhetorical Structure Theory},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 4: ICEIS,},
year={2005},
pages={105-110},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0002533501050110},
isbn={972-8865-19-8},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 4: ICEIS,
TI - NARRATIVE SUPPORT FOR TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS - Formalising Rhetorical Structure Theory
SN - 972-8865-19-8
AU - De Silva N.
AU - Henderson P.
PY - 2005
SP - 105
EP - 110
DO - 10.5220/0002533501050110