Fortune — A documentation support system for Software Engineers

  • Douglas Mullin
XII — Specific Topics
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 289)


The key to further automating the development of computer-based systems is a software development environment that supports all the stages of the software development life cycle. With the introduction in recent years of Integrated Project Support Environments (IPSEs) and other Software Engineering Environments based on databases, it is clear that advances are being made in software development support. Over the next decade we can expect the use of IPSEs and other advanced environments to become common in the software industry.

However a large fraction of the information relevant to a project is documentation of various types; these include requirements specifications, design diagrams, data dictionaries, design component specifications and source code. This information has an extremely complex structure, with many relationships between components of the documents. Normally a variety of tools, such as text editors, text formatters, diagram editors and word processers are used to manipulate this information but, because of the very nature of these disparate tools, this restricts the degree of integration that can be offered in an IPSE.

This paper describes FORTUNE — a software engineer's documentation support tool that has been designed specifically to be incorporated into IPSEs and to interface with other software tools. FORTUNE is being developed by a collaboration as part of the Alvey Software Engineering programme.

Fields Covered

Software Engineering IPSE and Documentation 

Fortune — Un Système de Documentation pour Ingénieurs Informaticiens


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas Mullin
    • 1
  1. 1.CAP — Software Technology GroupLondonEngland

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