Accession Number : AD0470103


Title :   AUTOMATED DOCUMENTATION


Descriptive Note : Technical paper


Corporate Author : RESEARCH ANALYSIS CORP MCLEAN VA


Personal Author(s) : Magnuson, Robert A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/470103.pdf


Report Date : Apr 1965


Pagination or Media Count : 77


Abstract : Realizing that RAC's only tangible products are technical papers and that the present manual methods of draft and document production are impediments to the swift preparation of a large technical document, the author designed and implemented the computer-assisted system herein described. The system design embodies a number of brand-new ideas--ideas not contained within any other known system, program, or device whose purpose is to compose or typeset documents. These innovations include free-flown keypunching, the concept of the voided area, and the freely commingled English-like editing instructions and text. As a result the keypunching of a draft is actually easier than either typing (onto paper) or traditional keypunching (into cards). Corrections (i.e., changes, insertions, deletions, and rearranging) of a draft are made at the key punch; there is no need to count pages, lines, words, or characters and then to keypunch these counts into special change-instruction cards that must later be processed and interpreted by the computer. The system, considered to be a working prototype, is now undergoing an extensive operational test and development.


Descriptors :   *AUTOMATION , *TEXT PROCESSING , COMPUTER LOGIC , COMPUTER PROGRAMMING , MEMORY DEVICES , TECHNICAL WRITING , PUNCHED CARDS , DOCUMENTS , COMPUTER APPLICATIONS , DIGITAL COMPUTERS , EDITING


Subject Categories : Information Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE