The University of Sussex

Developing a writer's assistant

Mike Sharples, James Goodlet, Lyn Pemberton

This paper describes the development of a software tool known as the Writer's Assistant. Fuller descriptions of the Writer's Assistant have been published elsewhere. The aim is to suggest an approach to the design of tools for writing which moves beyond the normal practice of adding extra facilities to current text editors - a spelling checker here, an indexing facility there - and focuses instead on the activities of writers.

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