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

Subject: RE: Value of design documents (was: New TECHWR-L Poll Question)
From: "Susan Ahrenhold" <sahrenhold -at- winspc -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 10:59:30 -0500


>>>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! ; )

I've worked with specs in formal language, with an explanation and
commentary in natural language. This is very useful for a writer, because it
really lets you test your understanding of the specification language
constructs; also many implementations add features or do not support
specific parts of a specification; this is a real good way to note this.



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