December 1986

Document Type


Degree Name



Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering


Oregon Graduate Center


[No abstract available; from Introduction:]A document-preparation environment is a specialized editor for creating and manipulating documents. The document is formatted on a terminal screen as it is being created, and is also checked for many types of errors, ranging from spelling through structural integrity to style. Documents are modeled by some structure, which the user can traverse and manipulate in a variety of ways not available with most current editors. This thesis both develops ideas and provides a small prototype based on the document-preparation environment suggested by Hamlet [HamI86a]. Three major reasons for prototyping a large software system are: to discover, but not necessarily to solve, major problems; to demonstrate feasibility; and to provide building blocks for the larger system; all without requiring a large time investment. The prototype presented here accomplishes these goals.





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