On the Requirement from Practice for Meaningful Variability in Visual Notation

  • Dirk van der LindenEmail author
  • Irit Hadar
  • Anna Zamansky
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 287)


This research-in-progress paper proposes the need for a move towards more meaningful variability of visual notations. Evidence accumulated via an online survey on the requirements practitioners have for visual notations, indicate the need for variability of a modeling language’s visual notation. Widely used modeling languages in practice such as UML and BPMN do not support redesign of the visual notation of core constructs without modifying or extending the underlying abstract syntax and semantics (e.g., UML stereotypes, BPMN extensions). The expressed need to vary commonly used visual notations depending on particular users or contexts, while not changing the underlying modeling language itself, poses a set of research challenges discussed here.


Conceptual modeling Requirements Visual notations Variability Concrete syntax Practitioner Empirical study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dirk van der Linden
    • 1
    Email author
  • Irit Hadar
    • 1
  • Anna Zamansky
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information SystemsUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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