Documentation Methods for Visual Languages

Documentation Methods for Visual Languages

Eduardo Costa, Alexandre Grings, Marcus Vinicius dos Santos
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-534-4.ch021
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Many people argue that Visual Programming languages are self-documenting. This article points out that there is no such thing as a self-documenting language. Besides this, many popular methods used to document programs written in other languages do not suit Visual Languages perfectly, and need some tailoring. Therefore, the authors propose a visual adaptation of the dataflow method of documentation. They also present versions of instantiated documentation and denotational semantics applied to visual languages. Finally, they present a Prolog based complete example of documentation.

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