Technical writing newsletter 42: August 2011

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Structured writing

With structured writing, rules specify the structure of a document. For structured writing, DocBook and DITA are popular. With DocBook and DITA, low-level structure is not specified. For example, the maximum sentence length, the permitted terms, and the permitted grammatical structures are not specified. Therefore, most structured writing is only partly-structured writing.

Online consistency checker

A new online consistency checker helps writers to find mistakes in the consistency of text. For example, the consistency checker finds words that have hyphens in some locations, but not in other locations.

Microsoft Contextual Thesaurus

Microsoft Research developed Contextual Thesaurus (http://labs.microsofttranslator.com/thesaurus/). Type a phrase in Contextual Thesaurus. The software supplies alternatives to that phrase. The software has a visual model of the initial phrase and the alternatives.

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