3.2 Traceability: Building Traceability between FPGA Requirements and HDL Design based on CSV files Spec-TRACER provides a capability to import traceability between items from a Comma Separated Value (CSV) files. The traceability links are automatically created in the Spec-TRACER repository. This eliminates the process of manual entry using the Traceability Matrix window, and helps during the first time creation of traceability between project elements. It is recommended that users only import traceability using this feature during the first time creation of traceability in the Spec-TRACER database. Additional updates or modifications to traceability must be done within Spec-TRACER environment in order to ensure that the source for traceability is Spec-TRACER and not external files.