A programmable editor for developing structured documents based on bidirectional transformations

Z. Hu, S-C. Mu and M. Takeichi. In Partial Evaluation and Semantics-Based Program Manipulation, pp. 178-189. August 2004.

This paper presents a novel editor supporting interactive refinement in the development of structured documents. The user performs a sequence of editing operations on the document view, and our system 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 transformation can be obtained through editing operations. The
important techniques behind this editor are the utilization of the view-updating idea developed in the database community, and a bidirectional transformation language that concisely describes the relationship between the document source and its view, as well as data dependency in the view.

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