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The authors' tools

Module templates

Storage and presentation of modules has to be sufficiently standardised to allow the reader to locate, retrieve and consult modules written by different authors in a similar fashion.6.3 Therefore, the authors must be provided with a template: a mould for their article.

The development of such templates is closely linked to the editorial policy and Instructions to authors of a particular type of publication. Given the necessity that storage of modular articles in a database must be a simple and automated process, the templates must, in their turn, be standardised by being compliant with the international standard for the definition of device-independent, system-independent methods of representing texts in electronic form: the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) [ISO, 1986].

Starting from the modular model, creating a Document Type Definition (DTD) for modular articles is straightforward. The DTD defines the structure of this type of document and the tags that can be used to encode the structure of actual modular articles according to the SGML rules.6.4 A style sheet then determines how the tagged article is presented on screen or on paper.

The authoring tools must include the following templates:

Furthermore, the authoring tools must connect the module Meta-information to the meta-information specified in each module in such a way that the consistency of the meta-information is ensured, and that the author needs to provide the meta-information only once. The tools must:

Map-making kit 

 The basic problem-solution pattern of scientific articles can be laid out in a map that provides an overview of the components the author has to create. The author can use that general map as a starting point for the Map of contents of the article he is creating. For that purpose, he requires a `map-making kit' consisting of graphics software complemented with basic templates for the creation of a particular type of publication in a particular journal. The domain and genre specific templates must allow the author to customise his presentation within the limits established by the journal. The map-making kit must:

Link aids 

As we concluded in chapter 5, identifying and expressing the different relevant relations is a complicated task. However, that task can be alleviated by `link tools' for the generation, characterisation and presentation of the links.



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