Custom tags

What is a custom tag?

Custom tags allows to extract additionnal attributes that can be attached:

  • to a requirement at statement time: statement custom tags
  • to a coverage at coverage time: coverage custom tags


  • Type: defines the attribute type, see below.
  • Name: the name of the attribute used in the reports.
  • Description: details to explain the meaning of the attrinute. The description is displayed as tooltip in the Coverage Matrix and the Verification Table.
  • Tag: the tag itself is a keyword used to extract the attribute value from the data source.



Yes/No extracts a true/false value if the tag is present.

For example, let an attribute named #Experimental whose presence means that the requirement is intended to be implemented for an experimental version of software.

<DSL_0010> Automatic type detection
The software shall automatically detect the data type.

Single-Line text

Single-Line text extracts a text that follows the tag on the same line. It stops at the end of the line, or at the next tag.

For example, let a #C tag record a comment associated with a coverage.

<<DSL_0010>> #C This is a comment on a single line

Multi-Line text

Multi-Line text extracts a text until the its end tag is reached. If end tag is empty, the text is extracted until another token (another tag, a new chapter, a new statement etc).

For example, let an attribute #Details record an explanation on several line.

<DSL_0010> Automatic type detection
The software shall automatically detect the data type.
Here we can insert explanation to better understand:
* the requirement
* its contexts
* examples etc.

Cell text

Cell text extracts a text in the next table cell. The document reader plug-in must support table recognition (for example .pdf, .docx).

For example, let Priority: tag record the priority.

The software shall automatically detect the data type.


A table without explicit tags is not supported for documents. In this case, a spreadsheet program must be used, for example writing requirements in MS EXCEL.

For example such table is not supported in a MS Word document.

DSL_0010The software shall automatically detect the data type.HighSoftware


List extract an attribute with a set of possible values. The type 'List' accepts multiple values separated by punctuation (comma, semi-colon, space, non-breaking space). Each value is checked at computation time to verify that it belongs to the value list declared in the project.

For example, let an attribute Priority: with predefined values `High Medium Low' record the requirement priority.

<DSL_0010> Operating System
Priority: High
The software must be compliant with Windows 10.

The attribute can have several values for a same requirement. Several values can be defined on the same line: #Category A, B