Extending the Sugiyama Algorithm for Drawing UML Class Diagrams: Towards Automatic Layout of Object-Oriented Software Diagrams
Seemann, Jochen (1998) Extending the Sugiyama Algorithm for Drawing UML Class Diagrams: Towards Automatic Layout of Object-Oriented Software Diagrams. In: Graph Drawing 5th International Symposium, GD '97, September 18-20, 1997, Rome, Italy , pp. 415-424 (Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/3-540-63938-1_86).
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The automatic layout of software diagrams is a very attractive graph drawing application for use in software tools. Object-oriented software may be modelled using a visual language called the Unified Modeling Laguage (UML). In this paper we present an algorithm for the automatic layout of UML class diagrams using an extension of the Sugiyama algorithm together with orthogonal drawing. These diagrams visualize the static structure of object-oriented software systems and are characterised by the use of two main types of edges corresponding to different relationships between the classes. The graph drawing algorithm accounts for these concepts by treating the different edge types in different ways.
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