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Automatic Production of Technical Documentation

Objective

Technical manuals for complex systems are often written at a late stage of the development process, but are nevertheless based on information which has become outdated during implementation. They are often erroneous and follow no recognised standard. Producing manuals is costly, and can account for up to 30% of the total cost of the overall control system of a new ship or plant. The traditional hard-copy documentation now in use will remain for some time to come. However, several new developments using electronic media (such as hypertext) will increase the functionalities of technical documentation.

The main objective of the HYPERDOCSY action was to specify the functionality and the goals of better systems by analysing:

- a domain model and the modelling process in the field of tools for the automatic generation of manuals based on information available from the system design and implementation process
- the text generation techniques applicable to the generation of technical manuals, based on a domain model of the system to be described.
Technical manuals for complex systems are often written at a late stage of the development process, but are nevertheless based on information which has become outdated during implementation. They are often costly, erroneous and follow no recognized standard. The traditional hard copy documentation now in use will remain for some time to come. However, several new developments using electronic media (such as hypertext) will increase the functionalities of technical documentation.
The main objective of the automatic production of technical documentation (HYPERDOCSY) action was to specify the functionality and the goals of better systems by analyzing:
a domain model and the modelling process in the field of tools for the automatic generation of manuals based on information available from the system design and implementation process;
the text generation techniques applicable to the generation of technical documentation and from a number of research projects covering the fields of knowledge representation, natural language generation and analysis, and hypertext systems.
The outcome of this exploratory action is an understanding of the technical and economic feasibility of future HYPERDOCSY systems.
The consortium benefits from practical experience with traditional documentation and from a number of research projects covering the fields of knowledge representation, natural language generation and analysis, and hypertext systems.

Coordinator

OC CONSULTING ENGINEERS AND PLANNERS
Address
Hovedgaden, 2
3460 Birkerod
Denmark

Participants (6)

Alcatel Alsthom Recherche
France
Address
Route De Nozay
91460 Marcoussis
COMPUTER RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL
Denmark
Address
Bregneroedvej, 144
3460 Birkeroed
Dassault Électronique
France
Address
55 Quai Marcel Dassault
92214 Saint-cloud
Logimatic
Denmark
Address
Sofiendalsvej 9
9200 Aalborg
SIEMENS SI
Germany
Address
Landshuterstraße 26
85716 Unterschleissheim
Université de Clermont-Ferrand II (Université Blaise Pascal)
France
Address
34 Avenue Carnot
63037 Clermont-ferrand