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The Book Paradigm for Improved Maintenance
January/February 1990 (vol. 7 no. 1)
pp. 39-45

The authors propose a book paradigm of program formatting that they believe is the most appropriate typographic organization of source-code documents. The authors claim that their approach offers the following advantages: an easily recognized document paradigm; high-level organizational clues about the code; low-level organization chunks and beacons; and multiple access paths by way of the table of contents and indexes. They describe two experiments that confirm these benefits.

Index Terms:
book paradigm; improved maintenance; program formatting; typographic organization; source-code documents; document paradigm; organizational clues; organization chunks; beacons; multiple access paths; table of contents; indexes; programming; software engineering; system documentation
Citation:
Paul W. Oman, Curtis R. Cook, "The Book Paradigm for Improved Maintenance," IEEE Software, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 39-45, Jan.-Feb. 1990, doi:10.1109/52.43048
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