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The Syntactically Dangerous All and Plural in Specifications
January/February 2005 (vol. 22 no. 1)
pp. 55-57
Daniel M. Berry, University of Waterloo
Erik Kamsties, University of Duisburg-Essen
The word "all" and the plural can be misused in ways that create ambiguities and other problems in computer-based system specification documents. The authors describe these and related misuses, the ambiguities and problems they can cause, and how to avoid them.
Index Terms:
natural language, syntax, semantics, requirements specification
Citation:
Daniel M. Berry, Erik Kamsties, "The Syntactically Dangerous All and Plural in Specifications," IEEE Software, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 55-57, Jan.-Feb. 2005, doi:10.1109/MS.2005.22
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