A Structural Framework for an Expert Authoring System
We present a structural framework for an expert authoring system called EXAS. The purpose of this system is to improve the efficiency of producing and maintaining the technical information required to support equipment usage in a variety of applications. This automated system is designed to lower the cost of technical documentation supporting equipment in various installations. EXAS integrates two expert systems developed at the Department of the Navy. These two systems have been designed for editorial operations on written narrative material and automated page layout of procedure manuals, respectively. The integration of the two systems by EXAS provides the unique facility to produce graphically illustrated procedure manuals by an automatic process, starting from written narratives on product and procedure descriptions. We present the ideas underlying this integration, and discuss the salient features of the natural language processing and knowledge representation mechanisms in EXAS.
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