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BOX: Browsing objects in XML

Nentwich, C., Emmerich, W., Finkelstein, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-2167-9844 & Zisman, A. (2000). BOX: Browsing objects in XML. Software: Practice and Experience, 30(15), pp. 1661-1676. doi: 10.1002/1097-024x(200012)30:15<1661::aid-spe353>;2-o


The latest Internet markup languages support the representation of structured information and vector graphics. In this paper we describe how these languages can be used to publish software engineering diagrams on the Internet. We introduce BOX, a portable, distributed and interoperable approach to browsing UML models with off-the-shelf technology. Our approach to browsing UML models leverages XML and related specifications, such as the Document Object Model (DOM), the XML Metadata Interchange (XMI) and the Vector Markup Language (VML). BOX translates a UML model that is represented in XMI into VML. VML can be directly displayed in Internet browsers, such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer 5. BOX enables software engineers to access and review UML models without the need to purchase licenses of tools that produced the models. BOX has been successfully evaluated in two industrial case studies. The case studies used BOX to make extensive domain and enterprise object models available to a large number of stakeholders over corporate intranets and the Internet. We show how XML and the BOX architecture can be applied to other software engineering notations. We also argue that the approach taken in BOX can be applied to other domains that have already started to adopt XML and have a need for graphic representation of XML information. These include browsing gene sequences, chemical molecule structures and conceptual knowledge representations.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Nentwich, C., Emmerich, W., Finkelstein, A. and Zisman, A. (2000), BOX: Browsing objects in XML. Softw: Pract. Exper., 30: 1661-1676, which has been published in final form at;2-O. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Presidents's Portfolio
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