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Storage

As a storage medium, an electronic memory is much more efficient than paper. Therefore, it is possible to present in an electronic article large amounts of information that cannot reasonably be published in a printed article. In an electronic environment, it is also possible to store and present messages that cannot be printed at all. For example, in an electronic article, the symbolic representation of the information can be a sound or a movie, instead of a text or a picture. The choice of the medium does not have an impact on the requirements with respect to the writing itself, but the electronic media can enhance the clarity of the article, because the most appropriate type of representation can be chosen.

The impact of electronic storage on the requirement of completeness is mixed. On the one hand, an electronic article can present material that cannot be printed, including intrinsically unprintable animations and amounts of  data that are too large to be printed in practice. On the other hand, information may be lost, because the electronic media are not as secure as the print medium (yet).2.46



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