Peter is completing a part-time PhD in the usability of editing software for structured documents. While there are many systems available to do this, they all require an in-depth understanding of structural markup techniques, which makes it hard for them to find acceptance with authors. Peter is testing a number of changes to the editing interface to see if better semantic relevance can improve usability.
Peter originally studied languages, but switched to a business degree and worked for several years in the printing and publishing industry. An interest in computer typesetting led him into the IT business, from where he joined UCC and became Ireland’s first webmaster. He now runs the Electronic Publishing Unit, providing support for e-documents and web services.