Journal of Computer Science and Technology

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 124–132 | Cite as

Shape grammars and shape rules

  • Sun Jiaguang 


How to generate various graphics and how to produce patterns automatically according to the ideas, requirements and rules of the people (experts), are quite important problems in the computer aided design (CAD) and design automation (DA). This paper presents an approach, using shape grammars, on the basis of shape rules to design pictures, which is a preliminary practice of solving the problems artificially. SGIS2D-2D shape grammar and shape rule interactive system has been run on IBM3033 mainframe and IBM PC AT with graphic terminal in PASCAL. This practice has shown that rule—based generating graphics is a good design paradigm.


Initial Shape Blank Shape Shape Grammar Label Point Design Picture 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Science Press, Beijing China and Allerton Press Inc. 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sun Jiaguang 
    • 1
  1. 1.Qinghua UniversityBeijing

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