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   RE: XML dialect for UML modeling

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  • From: Jarle Stabell <jarle.stabell@dokpro.uio.no>
  • To: "xml-dev@ic.ac.uk" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 21:33:06 +0200

On 24. juni 1998 20:17, James Anderson [SMTP:jamesa@qualcomm.com] wrote:
> Does anyone have any information on an IBM proposal for representing UML
> models in an XML dialect?  I need to find out if an industry standard has
> developed for UML formatting.

I don't know about the IBM proposal other than reading a few lines about 
this a week or two ago.
I would also be interested in info about this proposal.

There are some XML-UML relevant info at:


at http://www.yy.cs.keio.ac.jp/~suzuki/project/uxf/  (this server was down 
when I wrote this mail, but worked last time I checked the site (about a 
week ago))

Here is the abstract of a paper (available at the latter URL) written by
Junichi Suzuki and Yoshikazu Yamamoto

Title: "Making UML models exchangeable over the Internet with XML: UXF 

"As Unified Modeling Language (UML) provides most of the concepts and 
notations that are essential for documenting object-oriented models, it has 
been widely accepted in the software engineering area. However, UML does 
not have an explicit format for exchanging its models intentionally. The 
ability to exchange the models is quite important, because it is likely 
that a development team resides in separate places on the network 
environment, and because most current development tools don't provide the 
interconnectivity of the model information. This paper addresses this 
problem and proposes UXF (UML eXchange Format), which is an exchange format 
for UML models, based on XML (Extensible Markup Language). It is a format 
powerful enough to express, publish, access and exchange UML models and a 
natural extension from the existing Internet environment. It serves as a 
communication vehicle for developers, and as a well-structured data format 
for development tools. UXF shows an important step in sharing and 
exchanging the model information, and indicates a future direction of the 
interconnectivity between UML compliant tools."

Jarle Stabell

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