Paper manuals are traditionally printed technical manuals that are only delivered as paper manuals.
Electronically Indexed Images
These electronic documents are page raster images that have been scanned, not live text. They may link from the Table of Contents to specific pages, and are very inexpensive to produce.
Electronic Scrolling Documents
Electronic scrolling document manuals are page-oriented, live ASCII text with SGML/XML tags. They may use hypertext links to other related areas within the document, and can include multimedia.
A technical manual made of linear-structured information that uses SGML or XML, yet still resembles paper documents. A linear-structured IETM is most often viewed as an indexed PDF file.
Hierarchically Structured IETM
IETMS are hierarchically structured manuals and are specifically authored for interactive electronic presentation. They allow for robust cross-referencing between data. IETM data is commonly tagged using SGML or XML and stored in a relational or object-oriented database.
Integrated Process IETM
The Integrated Process IETM allows a user to interact with the technical manual, which in turn allows the manual to interact with different processes. These processes may include expert systems, computer-based training modules, interactive schematics, test equipment, prime equipment diagnostics, and intrusive or remote diagnostics.