Accession Number:

ADA275116

Title:

Engineering Specification Editing Tools

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER TRAINING SYSTEMS DIV ORLANDO FL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

69.0

Abstract:

The techniques described are intended to help writers and reviewers of specifications identify weaknesses in their drafts more quickly, thoroughly, and accurately than in the past. There were two parts to the effort that went into their development. The first involved the knowledge-engineering needed in order to learn more about what makes specifications good or bad, so that the computer might be programmed to flag significant sources of potential error. The second part was experimentation with software techniques for automating the examination process. It was centered around the development of a small-scale natural language parser intended for parsing sentences that are typical in training systems specifications and statements of work. Surprisingly, for such an important subject as it is, relatively little organized knowledge was found about how to write and edit specifications. Most of the material used was borrowed from other fields. Specification writing, Professional communication.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE