Software and Systems Engineering Vocabulary

December 27, 2008

While reading the STC‘s November 2008 issue of Intercom, I came across a vocabulary resource for anyone involved in the software industry. It’s SEVOCAB—Software and Systems Engineering Vocabulary—and it lists the official terms and definitions as defined by relevant standards organizations, such as ISO, IEEE, etc.

Go to http://pascal.computer.org/sev_display/index.action where you can either search online or download the entire 300+ page PDF file of all terms and definitions (click Print Entire Directory).

From the Intercom article:

SEVOCAB is the database for a new ISO software and systems engineering vocabulary standard, ISO 24765, which will have its final ballot before approval in early 2009. SEVOCAB offers more than 4,400 definitions and benefits from a growing consensus on technical communication processes and products with more than 125 IEEE and ISO standards as sources. Inclusion of a definition in a balloted standard shows that it results from international consensus developed through open processes. Standards developers can use SEVOCAB to identify redundancies, discrepancies, and gaps in terminology and to pursue harmonization of vocabulary among related standards.

Each definition in SEVOCAB shows its source, and links allow users to find the source standards for purchase from IEEE or ISO.

(Reilly, A. Standards for Technical Communicators. Intercom. Society for Technical Communication, November 2008, p4.)

[Link last checked July 2011]


  1. the link is no good!

  2. It seems to be working again now. Try it again.


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