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Chart-parsing techniques and the prediction of valid editing moves in structured document authoring

Marc Dymetman
We present an approach to controlled document authoring that significantly extends the functionality of existing methods by allowing bottom-up and top-down specifications to be freely mixed. A finite-state automaton is used to represent the partial, evolving, description of the document during authoring. Using a generalization of chart-parsing techniques to FSAs rather than fixed input strings, we show how the authoring system is able to automatically detect the consequences of the choices already made by author so as to only propose for the next authoring steps choices which may probably lead to a globally valid document.
DocEng, ACM Symposium on Document Engineering, Milwaukee, Wisconsin October 28 - 30 2004.


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