Review Office automation and associated hardware and software technologies are producing significant changes in traditional typing, printing, and publishing techniques and strategies. The long term impact of current developments is likely to be even more far reaching as reducing hardware costs, improved human-computer interfacing, uniformity through standardization, and sophisticated software facilities will all combine together to provide systems of power, capability and flexibility. The configuration of the system can be matched to the requirements of the user, whether typist, clerk, secretary, scientist, manager, director, or publisher. Enormous advances are currently being made in the areas of publication systems in the bringing together of text and pictures, and the aggregation of a greater variety of multi-media documents. Advances in technology and reductions in cost and size have produced many 'desk-top' publishing systems in the market place. More sophisticated systems are targeted at the high end of the market for newspaper production and quality color output. Outstanding issues in desk-top publishing systems include interactive editing of structured documents, integration of text and graphics, page description languages, standards, and the human-computer interface to documentation systems. The latter area is becoming increasingly important: usability by non-specialists and flexibility across application areas are two current concerns. One of the objectives of current work is to bring the production of high quality documents within the capability of naive users as well as experts.
1. General Introduction.- 1.1 A Five-Year Publishing Technologies Forecast.- 2. Page Description and Graphics.- 2.1 Page Description Languages: Concepts and Implementations.- 2.2 SMSCRIPT: An Interpretor for the POSTSCRIPT Language Under Unix.- 2.3 An Implementation of POSTSCRIPT.- 2.4 The Integration of Text With Graphics in an Electronic Journal.- 3. Document Structures and Editing.- 3.1 Publication Systems at TODAY.- 3.2 PLEIADE: A System for Interactive Manipulation of Structured Documents.- 3.3 Embedding Graphics into Documents by Using a Graphic-Editor.- 3.4 A Grammar Formalism as a Basis for the Syntax-Directed Editing of Graphical Notations.- 3.5 The Sunbury Integrated Technical Publishing System.- 4. Workstations and Human-Interface Aspects.- 4.1 Presenting Documents on Workstation Screens.- 4.2 GENIE-M: A Generator for Multimedia Information Environments.- 4.3 A Coherent Specification Method for the Human Interface to Documentation Systems.- 4.4 A Graded Interface for Novice/Expert Interaction.- 4.5 The Storage and Retrieval of Documents in an Electronic Document Delivery/Exchange Service for Academic Institutions.- 5. Languages and Implementations.- 5.1 The Standard Generalised Markup Language.- 5.2 The Chelgraph SGML Structured Editor.- 5.3 Components of Personal Publishing.- 5.4 Simple but High-Quality Text Pagination Systems.- 5.5 Videotex: Current Achievements and Future Prospects.- Authors' Biographies.
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