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Question "Do I have to use Microsoft Word to enter my requirements?" [message #5291] Thu, 10 April 2008 15:38
Donald Dunne is currently offline Donald Dunne
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Registered: July 2009
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Quick Answer: No

This question comes up when users find out that OSEE is integrated with
Microsoft Word as one method to enter artifact data such as requirements.

OSEE uses Artifacts, Attributes and Relations
( http://www.eclipse.org/newsportal/article.php?id=58&grou p=eclipse.technology.osee#58)
to store information in it's data store. The Attributes associated with
a certain Artifact can be boolean, text, date, float or any newly
created attribute type. One such attribute type is a "Word Content"
attribute. This allows word content to be added as an attribute to an
Artifact. This attribute, however, is not required to be used. One
could define a "Software Requirement" to be any set of Attribute types
that must/can be entered. Although, Word is more tightly integrated
into OSEE, the architecture provides for other editing applications to
be plugged in. One area of interest would be to allow Open Office to
edit requirements.

In addition to this specific type of Attribute, OSEE does allows any
operating system file to be dragged in and created as an Artifact. This
artifact, when opened, will extract its data and present it to the
operating system to allow viewing and editing. This allows things like
requirements to be specified by other modeling, diagraming or even
mathematical applications that OSEE doesn't know about. These artifacts
can have their own metadata associated and also be related to other
artifacts in the system.
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