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Project Overview



Getting Started

The KIELER Lightweight Diagrams project aims at offering transient lightweight representations of models or parts of them, without incorporating complex editing facilities like graphical editors.
Instead graphical or textual representations are to be synthesized from a chosen fraction of a model base and dismissed if they are not needed anymore. This way the Model-View-Controller paradigm (MVC) shall be established at the users' front end of modeling tools. Although KLighD is intended to address graphical as well as textual transient views, the graphical ones are currently in the focus. The layout of those views is contributed by KIML.

In order to get started with KLighD we suggest to install our layout infrastructure into your Eclipse development environment as shown in the following picture (the GMF runtime is available in Eclipse modeling distributions anyway). In case your interested in creating state machine diagrams you are encouraged to install the Graphviz support, too. The OGDF support brings optimized layout algorithms, e.g., for class diagrams.

Clone our git repository called 'kieler-pragmatics' accessible via

Use Cases

  • Graphical representations of given models with at chosen level of detail on demand (querying);
    Example: Visualization of data structures:
  • Continuous maintenance of a graphical representation while a model is elaborated
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