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KIELER is based on the Eclipse framework and is developed as open source software, licensed under the Eclipse Public License. Being a research project, there are different people working in different areas of the project. KIELER can thus There are four areas the project can be divided into four different parts:


The layout area provides the foundation for pretty much everything else in KIELER. Much effort in the Pragmatics area has gone into freeing the user from so-called "enabling steps": things a developer has to do to prepare for the model change he actually wants to make. This will usually be things like moving nodes around to make space for other nodes, taking care of edge routing etc. Good layout algorithms are necessary to be able to free the user from tasks like this that don't actually contribute anything to the final model.