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Architectural documentation improves the overall understanding of a proposed software system's design, but its true value comes from facilitating the process of satisfying architecturally significant requirements (ASRs). Architectural views are a tool for documenting ASRs in the context of particular quality attributes. Views offer a convenient way to capture architectural decisions, rationales, and alternatives considered. However, when multiple stakeholders have conflicting quality requirements, traditional architectural views tend to scatter their resolutions throughout the documentation.
Date of Publication: Nov.-Dec. 2010