Computer-Aided Technical Publications

  • Deborah Gail Brown


All phases of the engineering design and manufacturing processing have been either monitored by or produced on a computer for over twenty years. However the last phase of production, technical manuals, has remained a manual process until recently. Portions of the technical manual process were automated some time ago. Several vendors have produced systems which attempt to integrate the automated portions as well as provide enhancements. A true understanding of the technical manuals production cycle has not been developed by the vendors. Herein lies the crux of the problem with developing a superb system.

Several months of research culminated with the result that a “good” technical publications system does not currently exist. The author, therefore, proposes a system which satisfies the requirements of Technical Publications.


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  1. 1.
    Hagan, Thomas G., Page Makeup Applications for Interactive Graphics System. NCGA ‘82 Conference Proceedings, vol. II, no. 21, 22 (November 8, 11, 1982), 1.Google Scholar
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    Intergraph Product Material, One Madison Industrial Park, Huntsville, Alabama (December 1982)Google Scholar
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    An Introduction to the Preparation of New Look Technical Manuals. DARCOM Handbook 310–1.1–81, U.S. Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command (March 1981).Google Scholar
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    Johnston, P., Graphics by Computer. Graphic Arts Monthly, v. 54 (March 1982), 54–6.Google Scholar
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    Shotwell, Robyn, Computerized Page Makeup: Just Around the Corner. Publisher’s Weekly, v. 219 (April 10, 1981), 34–36+.Google Scholar

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah Gail Brown
    • 1
  1. 1.Ford Aerospace and CommunicationsFord Motor CompanyHuntington BeachUSA

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