WYSIWYM (interaction technique)

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What you see is what you meant (WYSIWYM) is a text editing 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. Natural language understanding (NLU) technology is not employed. Instead, natural language generation (NLG) is used in a highly interactive manner.

The text editor accepts repeated refinement of a selected span of text as it becomes increasingly less vacuous of authored semantics. Using a mouse, a text property held in the evolving text can be further refined by a set of options derived by NLG from a built-in ontology. An invisible representation of the semantic knowledge is created which can be used for multilingual document generation, formal knowledge formation, or any other task that requires formally specified information.[1]

The two projects at Brighton worked in the field of Conceptual Authoring to lay a foundation for further research and development of a Semantic Web Authoring Tool (SWAT). This tool has been further explored as a means for developing a knowledge base by those without prior experience with Controlled Natural Language tools.[2]

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  1. ^ Nguyen, Tu (2013). "Generating Natural Language Explanations For Entailments In Ontologies" (PDF). Open Research Online. The Open University. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Williams, Sandra (13 June 2014). "How easy is it to learn a controlled natural language for building a knowledge base?". Fourth Workshop on Controlled Natural Language, 20–22 August 2014, Galway, Ireland (forthcoming), Springer International Publishing AG. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 

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