A programmable editor for developing structured documents based on bidirectional transformations

Z. Hu, S-C. Mu and M. Takeichi. Higher-Order and Symbolic Computation, Vol 21(1-2), pp 89-118, May 2008.

This paper presents an application of bidirectional transformations to design and implementation of a novel editor supporting interactive refinement in the development of structured documents. The user performs a sequence of editing operations on the document view, and the editor automatically derives an efficient and reliable document source and a transformation that produces the document view. The editor is unique in its programmability, in the sense that transformation can be obtained through editing operations. The main tricks behind are the utilization of the view-updating technique developed in the database community, and a new bidirectional transformation language that can describe not only relationship between the document source and its view, but also data dependency in the view.

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