Configuring and Generating Technical Documents

Rick Rabiser*, Michael Vierhauser, Martin Lehofer, Paul Grünbacher, Tomi Männistö

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In industrial software development salespeople, product managers, or technical writers frequently create documents such as offers, contracts, user manuals, or technical documentation. For products that are configured specifically for different customers, the documentation also needs to be adapted to match the product. Such adaptation of documents is tedious and error-prone and can easily lead to inconsistencies. Stakeholders thus need configuration support for adapting documents. We describe a flexible approach for automatically generating product-specific documents based on product line variability models. We report on an industrial case example of applying the approach to support configuring and generating product-specific documents in an automation software product line.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge-Based Configuration
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Research to Business Cases
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780124158177
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • Document Generation
  • Knowledge-based Configuration
  • Product Derivation
  • Software Product Lines
  • Tool Support
  • Variability Modeling


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