When I talk to programmers about what I do, they often ask me why structured writing is important any more. Machines are getting so good at reading human language, they argue, that semantic markup to assist the machine is increasingly becoming pointless. But structured writing is not about assisting the machine. It is about enlisting the machine to assist the writer. And where the writer need assistance most of all is with quality.
If you’re neurotic like I am, you spend a not-insignificant amount of time dreading the day that robots become capable of taking over your job. Well, Baker writes here that it doesn’t have to be so terrifying. All it takes is learning to write for and with the robots themselves.