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Author Silva, Nishadi H. De ♦ Henderson, Peter
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Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Discover Area ♦ Story-like Executive Summary ♦ Document Narrative ♦ User Experiment ♦ Coherent Technical Document ♦ Ongoing Software Development ♦ Document Coherence ♦ Rhetorical Structure Theory ♦ Writing Tool ♦ Alongside Discussion ♦ Positive Feedback ♦ Previous Paper ♦ Discourse Theory ♦ Narrative-based Writing ♦ Technique Briefly ♦ Narrative Support
Description 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.
In ACM Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication. 2007. El Paso
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article