Like a specification, a datasheet (or data sheet) can be defined in different ways depending on its use: it may be formal, architectural, functional, program-specific, action-specific, or a mix of these and other aspects. For manufacturers of computer hardware, for example, a datasheet is defined as "a manufacturer's specification of the parameters of a device or integrated circuit, its functions, and its pin connections." The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides very specific datasheets called "safety data sheets" that clearly identify the toxicity and hazards associated with a product. And parts datasheets — standardized in part by the International Electrotechnical Commission — is a "technical fact sheet" that provides key information on ratings, characteristics, and mechanical and environmental data about a part.
For the purposes of this wiki, we generally use the word "datasheet" to refer to a set of operational requirements and features for a software system. For example, the Alfresco Community datasheet represents a researched compilation of many system requirements and features, including over 100 individual specifications. For the purposes of this wiki, when a single requirement is described for a system, we use the word "specification."
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