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Re: Turtle/UML

From: Martin Hepp <martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2011 21:02:37 +0100
Cc: <semantic-web@w3.org>
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To: Deepak Nadig <deepak.nadig@gmail.com>
On Dec 16, 2011, at 6:26 PM, Deepak Nadig wrote:

> Are there any tools that can generate UML class/object diagrams from Turtle?
> Thanks,
> Deepak 

My lessons learned from generating the UML diagram


for the GoodRelations ontology


for ca. three years now is that all tool-based approaches do not produce the necessary quality. I checked many tools, but not of them

1. returned a result that was easy to post-process as a vector graphic (which is essential, since you may want to fine-tune the layout of the elements for a non-trivial diagram) and
2. allowed me to exclude certain elements or axioms.

Most tools already failed at providing a vector file output. The output was often ugly or confusing or both.

This is way I have kept on maintaining the diagram in a graphical tool (OmniGraffle) since then, with the help of a few nested SPARQL queries that provide e.g. the properties for a given class.



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