Effectively managing the
requirements and traceability in a complex software project can be a
challenging task. Many tools exist to support the initial creation and
management of changes to text-based requirements. The most popular commercial
solutions use a centralized server to host a database with a front-end desktop
or web interface. Some downsides to this approach include user interface bloat,
server costs, and an inherent disconnection from the project’s source files. To
provide an alternative to traditional requirements management, Doorstop was
created as a tool to allow requirements to be stored as text files in version
control. This solution allows a project to utilize its existing development
tools to manage versions of the requirements using a lightweight,
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