Towards an operationalization of the “physics of notations” for the analysis of visual languages

Andrew Fish, Harald Störrle

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We attempt to validate the conceptual framework “Physics of Notation” (PoN) as a means for analysing visual languages by applying it to UML Use Case Diagrams. We discover that the PoN, in its current form, is neither precise nor comprehensive enough to be applied in an objective way to analyse practical visual software engineering notations. We propose an operationalization of a part of the PoN, highlight conceptual shortcomings of the PoN, and explore ways to address them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th International Conference, MODELS
Place of PublicationUSA
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Event16th International Conference, MODELS - Miami, Florida, 29 Sep - 4 Oct, 2013
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


Conference16th International Conference, MODELS
Period1/01/13 → …

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013


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