Structured writing has never been more important or more confusing. We keep trying to do more and more with content, but we give ourselves less and less time to do it. Structured content can help keep your rhetoric on track and your processes efficient. But how does it do that and what is the relationship between rhetoric and process? It is easy to get lost in sea of acronyms and buzz words: semantics, XML, metadata, DITA, structure, DocBook, hypertext, Markdown, topics, XSLT, reuse, LaTeX, silos, HTML. Structured Writing cuts through the noise, explaining what structured writing is (you have been doing it all along) and how you can use different structures to achieve different purposes. It focuses on how you can partition and manage the complexity of the content creation process using structured writing techniques to ensure that everything is handled by the person or process with the skills, time, and resources to handle it effectively. Most importantly, this book shows you how the right structured writing techniques can improve the quality of your content and, at the same time, make your content processes more efficient without sacrificing quality for efficiency or vice versa. There are so many options available in the structured writing space today. This book will show you where each of them fits and help you choose the approach that is optimal for your content.
"The Staff Group Trainer Project was a research and development effort sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences in coordination with the Force XXI Program. The project produced two training support packages (TSP)--battalion and brigade-- designed to train these staffs to more effectively and efficiently communicate within and between staff sections, command post, and the unit commander. Based on tactical scenarios developed for the Virtual Training Program, both TSPs focused on staff functions that support the military decision-making process within the execution phase of the movement to contact, deliberate attack, battalion defense in sector and brigade area defense missions. The TSP design and development were based on lessons learned from previous Virtual Training Program efforts, structured design methodology, and adult learning principles. This report provides details on the Staff Group Trainer Project's history, methodology, and lessons learned."--Stinet.
Follow on Development of Structured Training for the Close Combat Tactical Trainer
"This report describes the work done on the "Structured Training for Units in the Close Combat Tactical Trainer-2" (STRUCCTT-2) Project, a follow-on to the STRUCCTT Project. The purposes of this project were to (a) develop additional exercises for inclusion in the initial training support packages (TSPs) and (b) develop an orientation course TSP and exercises which are necessary to support the Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT) complete system fielding. This report first summarizes the background (the use of structured simulation-based training in CCTT) and identifies the technical objectives for the project. The development section discusses the processes used to create the TSBs. The formative evaluation section details the project evaluation strategy and method and includes a description of exercise and TSP testing and modification. Following this segment, the lessons learned present issues regarding this project's processes and product development which provide insight and direction for additional developemtn work. The final section of the report contains a discussion of recommendations for future TSP development."--Stinet.
This book offers students a method for understanding and mastering the rhetorical patterns that comprise expository writing. Its exercises ask students to arrange jumbled sentences into logical order, forming model essays for standard rhetorical patterns such as comparison/contrast, classification, and thesis support. These techniques force students to see the basic logic of different writing patterns. The goal of Whimbey's workbook is to teach the student to write concise and original essays on any topic.