In 1996, Annotaion Manager from NBS was a plug in for AutoCAD AEC5. NBS provided this and released a library of annotations to accompany each library update of the NBS work sections.
A few screenshots below show this in further detail...
Fig 01 - Spec Man 3
Fig 02 - Picking an annotation from the NBS library
Fig 03 - AutoCAD
Fig 04 - Viewing the guidance and linking to CIS
To go further back in time to 1973 see my earlier blog post. Check out the diagram showing the specification, the drawings and the bill of quants.