Standard: IEEE 1063


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This standard provides minimum requirements for the structure, information content, and format of user documentation, including both printed and electronic documents used in the work environment by users of systems containing software. This standard is limited to the software documentation product and does not include the processes of developing or managing software user documentation; it applies to printed user manuals, online help, and user reference documentation. It does not apply to specialized course materials intended primarily for use in formal training programs.

This standard is intended neither to encourage nor discourage the use of either printed or electronic (online) media for documentation, or of any particular documentation development or management tools or methodologies. Users of this standard may want to develop a style manual for use within their own organizations to complement the guidance provided in the standard, or to adopt an industry-recognized style guide. Users of this standard may also want to perform usability testing on the software user documentation. The works listed in the bibliography provide guidance on the processes of managing, preparing, and testing user documentation (see Annex A).


This revision provides requirements for the structure, information content, and format of both printed and electronic documentation. It addresses the interests of software acquirers, producers, and users in standards for consistent, complete, accurate, and usable documentation.

NASA Notes:
  • This document is recommended for use only as a guidance
    document for mission critical software since it does not
    address all of the requirements of IEEE 12207.1. However, it
    may be used as a standard for non-mission critical software.
    This document provides guidelines for developing the user
    documentation on a project and provides its biggest benefit
    in the area of document planning.
Organization: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Document Number: ieee 1063
Publish Date: 2001-12-05
Page Count: 26
Change Type: REAF
Available Languages: EN
DOD Adopted: NO
ANSI Approved: NO
Most Recent Revision: YES
Current Version: NO
Status: Inactive

Document History

Document # Change Type Update Date Revision Status
IEEE 1063 Change Type: Update Date: 2001-12-05 Revision: 01 Status: INAC
IEEE 1063 Change Type: REAF Update Date: 1987-01-01 Revision: 87 Status: INAC
IEEE 1063 Change Type: Revision: 87 Status: INAC