Robust Real-Time Synchronization between Textual and Graphical Editors

March 24, 2013

Our paper about the integration of graph editors into the Spoofax Language Workbench, also known as Spoofax Modelware, was accepted for the ICMT 2013 conference.

Oskar van Rest, Guido Wachsmuth, Jim Steel, Jörn Guy Süss, and Eelco Visser. Robust Real-Time Synchronization between Textual and Graphical Editors. International Conference on Model Transformation (ICMT 2013). Budapest, June 2013.

Abstract. In modern Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), textual editors are interactive and can handle intermediate, incomplete, or otherwise erroneous texts while still providing editor services such as syntax highlighting, error marking, outline views, and hover help. In this paper, we present an approach for the robust synchronization of interactive textual and graphical editors. The approach recovers from errors during parsing and text-to-model synchronization, preserves textual and graphical layout in the presence of erroneous texts and models, and provides synchronized editor services such as selection sharing and navigation between editors. It was implemented for synchronizing textual editors generated by the Spoofax language workbench and graphical editors generated by the Graphical Modeling Framework.

Update: Now available as Technical Report TUD-SERG-2013-009