On the Requirement from Practice for Meaningful Variability in Visual Notation

Dirk van der Linden, Irit Hadar, Anna Zamansky

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This research-in-progress paper proposes the need for a move towards more meaningful variability of visual notations. Evidence accumulated via an online survey on the requirements practitioners have for visual notations, indicate the need for variability of a modeling language's visual notation. Widely used modeling languages in practice such as UML and BPMN do not support redesign of the visual notation of core constructs without modifying or extending the underlying abstract syntax and semantics (e.g., UML stereotypes, BPMN extensions). The expressed need to vary commonly used visual notations depending on particular users or contexts, while not changing the underlying modeling language itself, poses a set of research challenges discussed here.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnterprise, Business-Process and Information Systems Modeling
Subtitle of host publication18th International Conference, BPMDS 2017, 22nd International Conference, EMMSAD 2017, Held at CAiSE 2017, Essen, Germany, June 12-13, 2017, Proceedings
EditorsIris Reinhartz-Berger, Jens Gulden, Selmin Nurcan, Wided Guédria, Palash Bera
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783319594668
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
PublisherSpringer Link
ISSN (Print)1865-1348

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