4. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
This section covers general aspects of style, format, and general requirements for preparing a six-section specification. This includes arrangement of contents, paragraphing, numbering, heading, and notes. See figure 1 for a checklist that may be used as a guide in preparation of a specification, and figure 2 for a list of standard paragraphs that are always required or required when applicable.
A specification shall be prepared to describe essential technical requirements for purchasing materiel. Similar items shall be covered in a single specification to the maximum extent practical. Specifications shall describe the item in a manner which encourages maximum competition. To the greatest extent possible, specification requirements shall be written so that commercial products or processes may be used to meet the requirement. Performance specifications shall be developed instead of detail specifications, whenever possible. (See 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 for a discussion on the differences between performance and detail specifications.)
Replaced/Superseded by document(s)
This standard establishes the formats, contents, and pro cedures for the preparation of performance specifications , detail specifications , and associated documents, prepared either by Government activities or under contract (see 6.3 and 6.4). Associated documents for performance and detail specifications include associated specifications, specification sheets, supplements, revisions, amendments, and notices.
2. APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS
The documents listed in this section are specified in sections 4 and 5 of this standard. This section does not include documents cited in other sections of this standard or recommended for additional information or as examples. While every effort has been made to ensure the completeness of this list, document users are cautioned that they must meet all specified requirements documents cited in sections 4 and 5 of this standard, whether or not they are listed.