The current version of PLINTH is a research prototype
implemented in C and
POPLOG Pop11 on Sun SPARCstations, using the X Toolkit and the
Sun OLIT 3.0 Open Look widget set. In the next year of the PLINTH project we
plan to investigate the production of PC version of the system.
Much of the future development of PLINTH will be guided by the results of its
deployment in the Scottish Office. However, PLINTH has great potential in many
areas of technical documentation:
- other types of regulatory and legal texts, for example British and ISO
Standards, Acts of Parliament, etc.;
- instruction manuals or trouble-shooting guides, which lead the reader
through a step-by-step process where each action depends on the outcome of
- computer-assisted learning (CAL) material, where the information to be
conveyed is basically textual, but the system has to present it in a way that
responds intelligently to the reader's understanding and progress.