RE: Value of design documents (was: New TECHWR-L Poll Question)

Subject: RE: Value of design documents (was: New TECHWR-L Poll Question)
From: "Le Vie, DonaldX S" <donaldx -dot- s -dot- le -dot- vie -at- intel -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 07:40:21 -0800

Geoff said:

>>Witness the problem with choice of units of measurement that sank the Mars
Explorer probe. Maybe it's time for someone to take that formal language for
spec development and make it a little more usable by common mortals.>>

That's the problem. The spec was NOT written in formal language; it was
written in natural language that (as stated in my original post) has a
propensity for introducing ambiguity, inaccuracy, and inconsistency. A
formal language for spec development that's made more usable is a spec
written in a natural language. It's like being a little bit pregnant: either
you are or you aren't! ; )

Donn Le Vie



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