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Re: [ontolog-forum] visualizing ontologies to blind people

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From: David Flater <dflater@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:30:15 -0400
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Hopefully this is reachable from outside of NIST:

Rendering UML Activity Diagrams as Human-Readable Text

Although the application in that paper was UML Activity Diagrams, the approach can be applied to other types of graph-structured representations.  The key idea was to serialize the graph in a way that maintains the kind of locality of focus that a human reader needs.  (The opposite approach, to flatten the graph into RDF triples or whatever, is much simpler for machine-readability but puts a higher cognitive load on a human reader.)

Per previous comments, there is no one-size-fits-all answer, but this is at least another representation with unique qualities that might be the best fit in some cases.

In digest mode,
David Flater, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S.A.

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