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Extracting product line model elements from user documentation

: John, I.; Doerr, J.

urn:nbn:de:0011-n-198854 (1.3 MByte PDF)
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Created on: 09.01.2004

Kaiserslautern, 2003, VIII, 56 pp. : Ill., Lit.
IESE-Report, 112.03/E
Reportnr.: 112.03/E
Report, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IESE ()
elicitation; requirement; user manual; documentation; product line; variability; conceptual model; use case; information extraction; ITEA; commonality; feature

This report describes an approach for extraction of product line requirements based on existing user documentation. The approach we describe in this report supports capturing of the information found in user documentation of legacy systems, e.g., user manuals, and the specification of this information in product line models, using, e.g., Use Cases. We propose a conceptual model describing the transition from user documentation to product line artifacts describing common and variable elements of a product line model. We present extraction patterns that allow an easy identification of text elements in user documents that are then used to create a significant part of the requirements specification and product line model, respectively and we present an extraction process that guides the user in using the pattern. We show the application of our approach for two case studies, one from the embedded/ mobile phone domain, one from the information system domain.