Structured writing is usually only partly-structured writing

Mike Unwalla comments on the term 'structured writing'.

With structured writing, rules specify the structure of a document. Frequently, technical writers use software to make sure that a document conforms to the rules. For example, a technical writer can use an XML editor.

Most 'structured writing' is only partly-structured writing. With structured writing, the high-level structure is specified. However, usually, low-level structure is not specified.

Usually, structured writing does not specify the permitted terms. If a technical writer is permitted to use synonyms, then a document has no specified structure for the terms.

Usually, structured writing does not specify the permitted sentence structures. For example, the following sentences have the same meaning:

If a technical writer is permitted to use both structures, then a document has no specified structure for the sentences.

For a document to be fully structured, the permitted terms and the permitted sentence structures must be specified.

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