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<p><b>Abstract</b>—This paper examines and proposes an approach to writing software specifications, based on research in systems theory, cognitive psychology, and human-machine interaction. The goal is to provide specifications that support human problem solving and the tasks that humans must perform in software development and evolution. A type of specification, called <it>intent specifications</it>, is constructed upon this underlying foundation.</p>
Requirements, requirements specification, safety-critical software, software evolution, human-centered specifications, means-ends hierarchy, cognitive engineering.

N. G. Leveson, "Intent Specifications: An Approach to Building Human-Centered Specifications," in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 26, no. , pp. 15-35, 2000.
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