MEReq: a tool to capture and validate multi-lingual requirements

Massila Kamalrudin, Safiah Sidek, Noorrezam Yusop, John Grundy, John Hosking

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Within the era of globalisation that acknowledges differences and diversity, multiple languages have been increasingly used to capture requirements. This practice is particularly prevalent in Malaysia, where both Malay and English languages are used as a media of communication. Nevertheless, capturing requirements in multiple languages is often error-prone due to natural language imprecision being compounded by language differences. Considering that two languages may be used to describe requirements for the same system in different ways, we were motivated to develop MEReq, a tool which uses Essential Use Case (EUC) models to support capturing and checking the inconsistency occurring in English and Malay multi-lingual requirements. MEReq is tablet compatible to minimise time for on-site capture and validation of multi-lingual requirements. This paper describes the MEReq approach and demonstrates its use to capture and validate English and Malay requirements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Trends in Software Methodologies, Tools and Techniques - Proceedings of the Thirteenth SoMeT_14
EditorsHamido Fujita, Ali Selamat, Habibollah Haron
Place of PublicationAmsterdam Netherlands
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781614994343
ISBN (Print)9781614994336
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on New Trends in Intelligent Software Methodology Tools and Techniques (SoMeT 2014) - Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi, Malaysia
Duration: 22 Sep 201424 Sep 2014
Conference number: 13th

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)0922-6389
ISSN (Electronic)879-8314


ConferenceInternational Conference on New Trends in Intelligent Software Methodology Tools and Techniques (SoMeT 2014)
Abbreviated titleSoMeT 2014
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  • Consistency checking
  • Essential use cases model
  • Multi-lingual requirements
  • Requirements capture

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