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Book: Soil Survey Techniques
Published by: Soil Science Society of America



  1.  p. 41-48
    SSSA Special Publication 20.
    Soil Survey Techniques

    W. U. Reybold and G. W. Petersen (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-915-2




Computer Assisted Writing—Its Application in Soil Survey Manuscripts 1

  1. Kenneth C. Thomas and
  2. Susan D. Tester2


Computer assisted writing (CAW) is an automated modular writing system that can be used to write parts of soil survey manuscripts that have many repetitive elements. It can be used advantageously for writing detailed and general map unit descriptions and taxonomic unit descriptions. Use of CAW overcomes the most serious problem previously associated with modular writing—inflexibility. Complete flexibility can be achieved by using the document assembly feature of word processing programs to assemble prewritten sentences or sentence fragments in any order desired and to merge them with variable information to produce a finished report, such as a detailed map unit description. The uniformity in the text produced by this system makes it advantageous to use another feature of most word processing programs—global search and replace. Global search and replace can be used to make most of the technical and editorial changes needed after the text has been assembled.

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