ERIC Number: ED192345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Revising Functional Documents: The Scenario Principle. Technical Report No. 10.
Flower, Linda S.; And Others
Defining "functional documents" as those such as regulations, contracts, and policies that people must read in order to act, this paper posits the need for a revision principle by which writers can structure such documents to meet readers' needs. The first part of the paper describes a research project that uncovered some needs of readers in processing and comprehending a functional document. The second part of the paper uses the findings of the research project to formulate a principle for the revision of documents, labeled the "scenario principle," which states that functional prose should provide examples of human agents performing actions in an understandable context. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.; Siegel & Gale, Inc., New York, NY.; Carnegie-Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA.