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Specification Writing

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Jeffery Tomas, Dec 28, 2011.

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  1. Anyone know of or use any modern specification writing software geared
    towards engineering and software? Something that covers many facets of the
    design process, visualization, and possibly integration with other software?

    I'm really looking for something similar to the Visual Paradigm suite but
    geared for electronic and programming specifications.
  2. Rich Webb

    Rich Webb Guest

    A word processor or, if you live on the edge, perhaps LaTeX?

    Seriously, I have a hard time visualizing (no pun intended) what
    "specification writing software" could provide for general design
    support beyond a top-level skeleton or template for the various
    specification sections. Happy to be enlightened, though.
  3. Don Y

    Don Y Guest

    Hi Jeffery,

    What *specifically* do you want the tool to do for you
    (beside "write the code"/"design the circuit" :> )?
    What is absent from *their* tools that you require? (Have you
    run your requirement across *their* desk to see what they think
    might fit your needs?)

    I write a *lot* of specs (at times, almost half of my workload) and,
    so far, have found good DTP tools (and portable document formats to
    allow others to review and comment on the work-in-progress) the most
    effective. Over the years I've had to home-grow various tools to
    interface to those documents (an "open" format is essential, IMO)
    but most have been relatively trivial to implement.

    Also, avoid "importing" too many different "document" (whatever those
    might be) formats as that just increases your exposure to changes in
    those formats, the "foreign" tools that are writing them and *your*
    tool reading them (nothing worse than having to rush to convert an
    updated document from FOO format to BAR format just because it
    tickled a bug in the FOO-format reader!)
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