Requirements tracing with Word and Excel?

Subject: Requirements tracing with Word and Excel?
From: Michael Hopwood <Michael -dot- Hopwood -at- Gleif -dot- org>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 13:23:34 +0000

Hello all,

Iâm thinking of moving a (so far) relatively small number of software system requirements from (commented) Word paragraphs to some tabular format.

I have IDs for all the references, linking back to the documentation where they originate. It would be nice to have a master table e.g. in Excel, that automatically updates various points in a prose-heavier Word doc for commenting, presentation, publication etc., while preserving a bit more contextual info and further references behind the scenes.

Am I thinking about plain old mail merge here or do I need something more involved?

Best wishes,

Michael Hopwood
Technical Writer
GLEIF
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