ERIC Number: ED398863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The Revolution in Print Technology. Text & Readers Programme, Technical Report #1.
The two papers presented in this document discuss aspects of the computer revolution and its effects on the production of print materials. The papers are addressed to readers who are educators rather than technologists. The first article, entitled "Print," interprets that term broadly to include text development and production, and aspects of typography, publishing, and the use of text by readers. The second article, "The Development of Printed Materials," particularly examines the way new technology affects the development and production of print materials for distance learning. Both papers focus on the same five aspects of the computer revolution affecting text creation and production: (1) the personal terminal; (2) interface concepts; (3) the software revolution in word-processing and editing aids; (4) communications software; and (5) laser printing and document production. The three main stages of print production are authorship, transforming (creative activities which help to change a draft into a form suitable for the reader), and realization (the manufacturing process). As with all other aspects of print, the world of typography and typographic design is profoundly affected by the recent changes in technology. The articles also discuss the ergonomics of use; staff development; and benefits that modern technology and production methods have brought. Contains a 16-item reading list. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Interfaces, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Software, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Instructional Materials, Microcomputers, Printed Materials, Production Techniques, Publishing Industry, Reader Text Relationship, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Milton Keynes (England). Inst. of Educational Technology.