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What you see is what you meant (WYSIWYIM) is an interaction technique that emerged from two projects at University of Brighton. It allows users to create abstract knowledge representations such as those required by the Semantic Web using a natural language interface. No attempt at natural language understanding (NLU) is made. Instead, natural language generation (NLG) technology is used in a highly interactive manner:
This editor lets a user repeatedly select and refine spans of an initially more or less vacuous text, such as the sentence An event occurs. Using a mouse, place-holders in the initial text can be further refined by choosing options that are generated by natural language generation technology based on an ontology. During this process and invisible to the user, an underlying knowledge representation is created which can be used for multilingual document generation, formal knowledge formation, or any other task that requires formally specified information.
WYSIWYM and its generalization, Conceptual Authoring, have laid the foundation for current research towards a Semantic Web Authoring Tool (SWAT).
- Conceptual Authoring at Natural Language Generation group of the Open University
- SWAT: Semantic Web Authoring Tool research project
- WYSIWYM home page
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