The earliest hope in the development of RST was that it would turn
out to be useful in Text Generation, getting computers to produce text.
It has now been used in a variety of text generation projects, and
the literature is extensive. Text generation has been subject to the
ebb and flow of sponsor interest, but in some ways the work in Europe
has complemented that in the US, and so development on this subject
There is a Special Interest Group, part of the Association for Computational
Linguistics (ACL), called SIGGEN, which stands for Special Interest
Group on Generation. They have a number of online resources.
For a general overview of Text Generation, go to the SIGGEN page, and read the introduction (under "About").
One development project that is extensively represented on the web
is the ILEX system at the University of Edinburgh. It includes these
options for the user:
• a demonstration of computer generated text.
• an extensive description of ILEX 2, the one that the demonstration
is based on.
• a description of ILEX 3, covering both underlying theory and system
• a description of the designers' views of text structure.
• a description of how RST was represented in programs.
• the project's Final Report
To see it all, click here: The ILEX Text Generation
Visitors to ILEX should note that the computer program code for ILEX
is not available, but the program code for the WAG sentence generator
found inside ILEX is available, from Mick O'Donnel.