Towards an Operationalization of the “Physics of Notations” for the Analysis of Visual Languages

  • Harald Störrle
  • Andrew Fish
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8107)


We attempt to validate the conceptual framework “Physics of Notation” (PoN) as a means for analysing visual languages by applying it to UML Use Case Diagrams. We discover that the PoN, in its current form, is neither precise nor comprehensive enough to be applied in an objective way to analyse practical visual software engineering notations. We propose an operationalization of a part of the PoN, highlight conceptual shortcomings of the PoN, and explore ways to address them.


Visual Language Concrete Syntax Visual Distance Visual Variable Case Diagram 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harald Störrle
    • 1
  • Andrew Fish
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Informatics and Applied MathematicsTechnical University of DenmarkDenmark
  2. 2.School of Computing, Engineering and MathematicsUniversity of BrightonUK

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