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The ASTM Committee on Terminology (ASTM-COT) is responsible for the coordination of terminology that appears in ASTM standards. The rules that govern the form and style of terminology in ASTM printed standards are contained in Part E, Form and Style for ASTM Standards. When computer user interfaces are developed to give access to computerized versions of ASTM standardized terminology such as ASTM Definition of Terms Relating to Plastics (D 883), Part E and related documents, including E 1314: Practice for Structuring Terminological Records Relating to Computerized Test Reporting and Materials Designation Formats, should be used as the basis for software design decisions.
The software design for computerized access to terminology should provide for the various users within the technical community. The software environment should be designed to present a natural looking and easy-to-use interface to the scientists, engineers, and technical writers who must access it. Hypertext technology, a computer access technique based on the idea of the nonsequential navigation of a network of links and nodes in a document, could be used to develop a user interface based on ASTM's Part E guidelines. This paper describes how a hypertext version of an ASTM terminology standard might be designed.
user interfaces, terminology standards, hypertext, terminology databases
Directorassociate professor, Institute for Applied Linguisticsanthropology, Computer Technology and GermanKent State University, Kent, OH