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Electronic document processing has advanced through the spread of word processors and personal computers.
Originally conceived to ease production of text-based works, electronic document processing now improves presentation techniques and audience understanding by using multimedia - images, audio, and movies, among others.
Electronic documents are becoming increasingly available due to advances in floppy disk technology, CD-ROM, communications, the Internet, databases, and on-line services.
Further efficiency improvement in document production poses a major challenge. We propose structured document processing as a method for solving this problem.
This method treats each element of a multimedia document as a discrete object. Documents are created by combining a number of these objects in a single logical structure.
Structuring the creative process results in improved efficiency and assures compatibility with the Internet. A common format gives the creator access to a wide variety of storage media.