ERIC Number: ED071452
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
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A Conceptualization of an Improved Authoring Language (IAL). Technical Report Number 11.
Gregory, Carl; Bessent, Authella
One of the most difficult tasks in program production of computer-assisted instruction (CAI) has been the transformation of an author's ideas into machine-usable form. Thus, an improved authoring language (IAL) to facilitate the transformation of authors' drafts to machine-usable form was conceptualized. IAL was designed so that an instructional designer can help the author give his course a coherence that will meet programing needs. IAL requires data to be specified completely before the material reaches the programer. The language is a series of commands, many of which could be standard routines in the eventual programing language. Each piece of courseware data is identified, or labeled, so that it can be referenced. Data may be either LOCAL (defined for a given page, template, mudule, or unit), GLOBAL (defined for a given student), or UNIVERSAL (defined for the entire course). Commands are applicable to any subject matter. Many parameters are formulated only loosely, so that authors can, at times, specify material in sentence form. (Author/JK)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Computer-Assisted Instruction Lab.