Accession Number : ADP003487

Title :   Software Documentation Support,


Personal Author(s) : Atchinson,K. M.

Report Date : 16 NOV 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : Generation and support of documentation accompanying software development is historically a low-efficiency, high-cost undertaking. Frequently the situation arises where a choice must be made to fulfill documentation requirements and incur cost and schedule overruns, or to complete the software product in a reasonable time and deliver less than adequate documentation. The primary difficulties are efficient generation, quick and thorough update, and document correlation on large projects. Automated methods can alleviate these problems by (1) application of word processing systems to the generation and editing of descriptive text, (2) use of a data base manager-type control of system interface definition and document correlation, (3) use of pseudo-code for first-time design and flowchart generation, and (4) the use of special purpose software tools to perform analysis of code for flowchart and module interface updating. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Computer program documentation, *Logistics support, Computer programming, Requirements, Costs, Scheduling, Timeliness, Efficiency, Quality, Automation, Text processing, Words(Language), Editing, Data bases, Data management, Control, Coding, Flow charting, Systems analysis, Correlation

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE