, Volume 21, Issue 1-2, pp 89-118
Date: 16 Apr 2008

A programmable editor for developing structured documents based on bidirectional transformations

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Abstract

This paper presents an application of bidirectional transformation to the 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 a view of the document, 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 transformations can be obtained through editing operations. It uses the view-updating technique developed in the database community and a new bidirectional transformation language that can describe not only the relationship between the document source and its view, but also the data dependency in the view.