What does PLINTH provide?
provides tools and functionality to support all stages of the
production and use of technical documents. Using PLINTH the author can:
and the reader can:
- create and manipulate design rationale nets to organise the research
data and design discussions on which the document will be based,
experimenting with different DR models as required;
- use DR-specific net traversal rules to assist the process of building up
- create hypertext nets for the documents themselves;
- edit the text of nodes, include bitmapped diagrams, and create hypertext
anchors between nodes, using TOME, the Text Object Markup Editor;
- associate types and slots with nodes and links;
- classify and index text fragments using domain specific schemes
(e.g. CI/SfB for buildings);
- write sets of navigation rules for the various kinds of browsing,
consultation and text retrieval of regulations;
- output documents in PostScript format;
- explore documents manually by clicking on nodes in a constrained
graphical network view;
- browse and consult documents assisted by the intelligent navigation
rules, directing and informing the navigator using the PLINTH Query Tool
to enter commands, queries, and responses.
An example scenario...