As the complexity of the U.S. Navy systems and equipment grows, the volume and complexity of the technical documentation that is needed also grows. Innovative approaches to the management of this vital technical information is being explored. This paper discusses one such approach. It is known as the Paperless Ship Initiative, and employs optical disk technology as the primary means for document storage. Furthermore, mechanisms can be developed that allow computer-supported links between logically related segments of the text, a style of interface that falls under the general category of hypertext, a concept that is explained in some detail, with an example given of its shipboard use. The paper concludes with a discussion of the steps involved in creating a "hyperdocument" from existing textual material and identifies future directions that government and industry must take to make the hypertext technical manual a reality.

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    • Journal article; Reprints paper presented at ASNE Day, 1989
  • Authors:
    • Chickering, J E
    • Qualls, W B
  • Publication Date: 1989-5

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 12 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00657265
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM