The IDAS project investigated how natural language generation and hypertext techniques can be used in a novel way of producing technical documentation. Traditional technical documentation suffers from a number of problems: IDAS is a novel kind of online documentation system based on the following key components: In IDAS, text is derived from a single non-textual documentation database, rather than text being itself the primary representation used. This makes documentation adaptable and reusable.

The initial IDAS prototypes were for users of Automatic Test Equipment. We were working in collaboration with Racal Research Ltd, Racal Instruments Ltd and Inference Europe Ltd.

For more information, see the following documents (though the PostScript versions available here are not identical to the published versions):