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Specifications are critical to companies involved in complex manufacturing. The constant reading, reviewing, and analysis of materials and process specifications is extremely labor-intensive, quality impacting, and time-consuming. A conceptual design for a tool that provides computer-assistance in the interpretation of specification requirements has been created and a strategy for semantic-markup, which is the overlaying of abstract syntax (“the essence”) on the text, has been developed. The solution is based on the techniques for Information Extraction and the XML technology, and it captures the specification content within a semantic ontology. The working prototype of the tool being built will serve as the foundation for potential full-scale commercialization.


Presented at the 6th International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems, Stockholm, Sweden, June 27-28, 2002.

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