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Computer-Aided Editing — Present and Future

  • J. Douglas Kniffin

Abstract

This paper describes computer-aided editing systems which analyze English text and suggest improvements. The systems described are vastly different from the familiar word processing programs which permit editing changes such as insertions and deletions of characters, words, or lines of text. These new systems analyze the style and style difficulty of text and provide feedback to writers and editors for improving readability and comprehensibility. Three systems designed originally for examining the complexity of technical documents are described. These are the Bell Laboratories Writer’s Workbench, the U.S. Navy Computer Readability Editing System, and the Westinghouse Writing Aids System. Though in varying stages of development, the features of the three systems are listed and compared and the research or other basis behind the editing features is discussed. Some limited data on the use of the systems and their acceptance by users are also presented. The paper concludes with a discussion of future applications of the systems such as writing instruction, style comparison, and computer-aided translation.

Keywords

Abstract Word Bell Laboratory Speech Analysis Sentence Opener Style Analysis 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Douglas Kniffin
    • 1
  1. 1.Westinghouse Electric CorporationUSA

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