|title:||Visual Iconic Language. A Framework for Visual Iconic Languages|
|author:||Anne C. van Rossum|
|published in:||June 2006|
Master of Science thesis
Man-machine interaction group
Delft University of Technology
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A visual iconic language uses sentences of concatenated icons to communicate.
Certain combinations of icons are prescribed or prohibited. These restrictions
form a grammar. In previous created visual languages case grammar
theory by Fillmore and conceptual dependency theory by Schank are used. A
grammar profits from formulations of its rules in the sense of icon categories or
types. This leads to an ontology particular aimed to use icons instead of words
as its basic building blocks.
In this thesis such an ontology, called an Iconology, is modelled. A demonstrator
of this model is provided by the framework VilAug. Besides being an
iconology stores the framework VilAug several visual languages and grammars.
It also provides a graphical environment to actually create and alter visual languages
and grammars. This environment is called IconNet, and comparable to
a graphical WordNet environment. An additional user application, IconMessenger,
is embedded in the form of an instant messenger that uses messages
made of icons. The entire software package is a proof of concept in regard to
the ontology and demonstrates that a new discipline of visual linguistics can be
exploited in knowledge representation.
The source is available online at https://sourceforge.net/projects/vilaug/.