How can you create child requirements in Word or Excel and then import these into SilkCentral TestManager whilst maintaining the hierarchy structure?

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How can you create child requirements in Word or Excel and then import these into SilkCentral TestManager whilst maintaining the hierarchy structure?

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How can you create child requirements in Word or Excel and then import these into SilkCentral TestManager whilst maintaining the hierarchy structure?

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Setting up requirements hierarchy

You can use multiple seg_title# styles in order to indicate hierarchy and build "headings" in a MS word and MS Excel documents. If you used the MS Word template for requirements in a previous release of the Office Import application, this version still supports the previously defined seg_title.

If Office Import finds any paragraphs having the "seg_title" style, it bases the requirements hierarchy on the MS outline-view indent level. There are seven predefined requirements titles named "seg_title1", "seg_title2", and so on up to "seg_title7".

You can add additional levels of title by creating a style named "seg_title8" and so on, as necessary. If you do add additional levels, you must do consecutively. For example, you cannot create a "seg_title19" unless you have created all the preceding levels.

In MS Excel, the first column you select when you are importing requirements defines the style that marks the beginning of a requirement. Use Data/Group and Outline to assign hierarchy to your document. Test Manager follows the standard MS Excel outlining rules when assigning hierarchy.

In the MS Word, the template for requirements contains styles that you may use to indicate hierarchy within requirements. For example, you can set up a document with the following structure:


Remember that you must have at least one paragraph of description (style "seg_desc") between the requirement titles.

When you import the requirements, Test Manager assigns the correct hierarchy to the requirements. If you have started with the seg_title style, and need to use a subordinate requirement, you would use the seg_title1 style. Likewise, if you start labeling your requirements with seg_title1 style, you would use the seg_title2 style for the next requirement level.

This information is available in the Office Import documentation at *Start, Programs, Borland, SilkCentral, Test Manager 2006, Office Import, Documentation*.

*This may vary depending on the version of SCTM being used.

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