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Association of Textual and Implementation Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105592D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kidd, JB: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In developing systems, it is difficult to correlate textual information, such as requirements documents, to implementation information, such as classes and methods (in an O-O system) or modules and functions (in a function-oriented system). Tracing this information is important for certification tests and development understanding.

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Association of Textual and Implementation Information

      In developing systems, it is difficult to correlate textual
information, such as requirements documents, to implementation
information, such as classes and methods (in an O-O system) or
modules and functions (in a function-oriented system).  Tracing this
information is important for certification tests and development
understanding.

      Meaningful associations, beyond hyperlinkages, are created and
kept between textual information and system implementation details.
Pieces of text are treated as objects, with their own menu actions
and associations.  For example, in an O-O system1, nouns in the
specifications can be associated with the classes that are created to
support that part of the requirements.  The examples used are for an
O-O system, but apply to a function-oriented (F-O) system as well,
In an F-O system, modules and functions would be used in place of
classes and methods in the discussion.  Similarly, verbs can be
associated with methods in a class.  In addition, the groups of verbs
associated with the same class can be additionally associated with
the noun for that class.  Note that not all types of information that
can be related in this way are listed.  For example, synonyms,
adjectives, verb phrases, and other parts of textual information can
be associated meaningfully in the same way as the examples given.

      These associations allow actions to be taken and better viewing
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