Integrated Management of Technical Documentation

The System SPRITE

  • Jirka Hoppe

Part of the Research Reports ESPRIT book series (ESPRIT, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jirka Hoppe
      Pages 2-6
    3. Jirka Hoppe
      Pages 7-10
  3. Functionality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Lucy Hederman, Albert Hessels, Jirka Hoppe, Serge Seisen
      Pages 12-34
    3. Jirka Hoppe, Serge Seisen, Werner Winiger
      Pages 35-51
    4. Jochen Gloger, Boris Pasternak, Gabriel Gabrielides, Jane Howe, Pascal Lobbrecht, Nailja Luth et al.
      Pages 52-72
  4. Architectures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Jirka Hoppe
      Pages 74-83
    3. Olga De Troyer, María José Briales de las Heras
      Pages 84-102
  5. Database Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Hans Weigand, Robert Meersman
      Pages 104-115
    3. María José Briales de las Heras
      Pages 116-126
    4. Ling Liu, Robert Meersman
      Pages 127-149
    5. Jean-Yves Christine
      Pages 168-172
  6. Application Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Pascal Lobbrecht, Xavier Blanca, Luc Sonke
      Pages 174-189
    3. Jochen Gloger, Nailja Luth, Malte Timmermann
      Pages 190-205
    4. Boris Pasternak, Gabriel Gabrielides, Rainer Sprengel
      Pages 206-222
    5. M. Jane Howe
      Pages 223-237
  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Jirka Hoppe
      Pages 240-241
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 242-244

About this book


Writing documentation is an integral part of any technical product development. A significant amount of time is spent describing the product functionality, giving insights into technical details, providing maintenance instructions, specifying marketing information, writing user manuals, etc. As the creation of such documentation is generally a source of higher production costs, many large companies are realising the need to increase the efficiency of documentation handling. Simple documents consisting of only a few pages can be developed on simple systems. Basic components of such systems are an editor handling text and graphics, file storage, and a printer. Such configurations, however, are not sufficient to handle professional documentation as produced by larger companies. Detailed studies of technical documentation requirements have revealed that in particular the following functionality is not usually provided by such simple documentation systems: Technical documentation is often very large; documents having hundreds or even thousands of pages are not exceptional. Due to size and complexity, technical documentation is developed most often by a team of authors. A system for technical documentation has to provide functionality supporting the organisation of a group of authors. Technical documentation usually consists of many different documents combined into one large documentation for a particular product. The optimum organisation of the storage and retrieval of documents is crucial for the performance and acceptability of the system. The functionality offered by normal file systems is not adequate to organise complex systems.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jirka Hoppe
    • 1
  1. 1.Océ — Wissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut AGZürichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-55880-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-84840-7
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