Re: ISO 26514 draft ready for comment [long]

Subject: Re: ISO 26514 draft ready for comment [long]
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "Dick Margulis" <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 10:56:52 -0700

It is certainly not in keeping with what an ISO standard is supposed
to do. ISO standards are based on the premise that a company
should develop its own processes, document them, train its employees to follow them and monitor and keep records to ensure and demonstrate that they are followed. The place to describe design solutions or practices is in a company's own process documents.

Also, I'm confused. There's already an ISO standard for the design
and preparation of software application user documents, ISO 18019.
Why is someone working on a new one instead of proposing revisions
to the existing one?

Gene Kim-Eng

----- Original Message ----- From: "Dick Margulis" <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>

My recollection is that when the standard was first proposed there was
discussion of its scope. What I recall from that discussion is that the
standard would not delve into prescribing specific design features for
documents but would concentrate instead on functional requirements for
documents. It turns out, though, that as the draft standard has evolved
it now includes a number of specific design solutions, either as
requirements or suggested best practices.

My strong feeling is that this is not in keeping with what a standard
ought to do.


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