ERIC Number: ED359768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
The Use of "Idea Processors" for Studying Structural Aspects of Text Production.
Eklundh, Kerstin Severinson
Word processors have been shown to favor a local perspective over a global perspective on the text during writing. Recently, advanced outline processors or "idea processors" have appeared that allow the writer to represent and handle structural aspects of a text so that the writer may compose the text within an outline and experiment with different organizations of the ideas during the process. Data are presented from case studies of writers who used an idea processor for writing long, complex texts. Results suggest that the use of an idea processor may encourage writers to focus early on global properties of the text. Specific properties of the idea-processing program that may affect the writing process are discussed, as well as the compatibility of idea processors with different writing tasks and writer styles. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Nordic Research on Text and Discourse. NORDTEXT Symposium (Espoo, Finland, May 10-13, 1990); see FL 020 811.