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I'm the Editor of this work and author of the introduction as well as an article, and I would just like to thank the absolutely fantastic contributors for making this book the wonder that it is. Thank you from the bottom of my soul. I am eternally grateful to be in your company. ...more
Frode Alexander Hegland is on a mission to augment the future of text. He is the creator & editor of the celebrated new book The Future of Text, is currently building Augmented Text software for macOS and will hosts the annual Future of Text Symposium. When he is not quoting Hamilton he is most likely ‘flywing’ around the house with his 3 ½ year old son Edgar.
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“Partial solution: structured writing (aka Information Mapping®) Structured writing is an integrated synthesis of tools and techniques for the analysis of complex subject matters (primarily explanation and reporting) and a group of standards and techniques for the management of large amounts of rapidly changing information. It includes procedures for planning organizing sequencing and presenting communications. For stable subject matters, you can divide all the relevant sentences into 40 categories. Examples are: Analogy, Definition, Description, Diagram, Example, Non-example, Fact, Comment, Notation, Objectives, Principle, Purpose, Rule, etc. Some of the sentences stand by themselves in these categories (e.g. Definitions, Examples). Others make sense as part of larger structures (e.g. Parts-Function Table).”
“Key features Always write in small chunks (also-called blocks ). Unlike many paragraphs, only one topic per chunk. Nothing extra. Chunks can contain several sentences. Label very chunk with an informative, relevant, short, bold-face title. Standards for organizing and sequencing large documents. Diagrams and illustrations can be chunks. Use them. Possible to cluster most of the 40 sentence types into seven categories: procedure, process, structure, concept, fact, classification, principle. Another 160 chunk-types available for Report Documents and Scientific and Technical Reports. About 400,000 technical and business writers world-wide have been taught to write structured writing since 1969.”More quotes…