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2013 21st IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE) (2008)
Sept. 8, 2008 to Sept. 12, 2008
ISSN: 1090-705X
ISBN: 978-0-7695-3309-4
pp: 43-52
ABSTRACT
U.S. laws and regulations are designed to support broad societal goals, such as accessibility, privacy and safety. To demonstrate that a product complies with these goals, businesses need to identify and refine legal requirements into product requirements and integrate the product requirements into their ongoing product design and testing processes. We report on an industry case study in which product requirements were speci-fied to comply with Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. This study sought to identify: limitations in existing requirements-acquisition methods; compliance gaps between previ-ously specified product requirements and Section 508; and additional sources of knowledge that are neces-sary to refine legal requirements into product require-ments to comply with the law. Our study reveals the need for a community of practice and generalizable techniques that can reduce ambiguity, complexity and redundancy in legal and product requirements and manage innovation in product requirements. We pre-sent these findings with several examples from Section 508 regulations and actual product requirements that are implemented in Cisco products.
INDEX TERMS
legal requirements, compliance, refinement patterns, empirical case study
CITATION
Merlin Dorfman, Kent Boucher, Annie I. Ant?, Travis D. Breaux, "Legal Requirements, Compliance and Practice: An Industry Case Study in Accessibility", 2013 21st IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE), vol. 00, no. , pp. 43-52, 2008, doi:10.1109/RE.2008.36
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