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Re: Blind software engineers, specifically UML

Thanks, I'll definitely check it out! 

Do you find it's pretty reliable for you in the sense that you code up
something and it looks how you imagine it? 
Is it better than say tikzpicture in LaTeX?


On Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 10:30:11AM -0500, Alex Midence wrote:
> I don't know if anyone's covered this yet but, learn Graphviz.  It's like
> LateX but with diagrams instead of page layouts.  I use it in my training
> classes to illustrate things with flow charts and hierarchy charts.  I know
> that there are packages in Linux that autogenerate UML diagrams of your
> source code using Graphviz.  There's no reason why someone can't learn it
> and create these by hand.  The syntax isn't too hard.  I don't think there's
> an emacspeak-enabled mode for it like Auctex and LateX but you can still use
> many of its features with the files since the syntax is kind of like c/c++.
> Regards,
> Alex M
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Daniel Dalton [mailto:d.dalton@iinet.net.au] 
> Sent: Sunday, July 14, 2013 9:57 PM
> To: emacspeak
> Subject: Blind software engineers, specifically UML
> Hi everyone, 
> Firstly apologies if this is slightly OT - feel free to respond off list if
> you think that's better, but I know there are a lot of very knowledgeable
> people on here so thought it was a good starting point. 
> At University I'm studying computer science. I'm looking to take a software
> engineering subject called "Introduction to software engineering". 
> The problem: UML diagrams are heavily used throughout this subject
> especially for assessment purposes. Specifically, UML class diagrams and UML
> state active and sequence diagrams. We'll need to both read and create these
> diagrams. I also believe we may need to work in small groups with fellow
> students (who obviously aren't vision impaired). Apparently the UML is the
> language of the subject and it's not really avoidable. So does anyone have
> any ideas about how to handle this sort of thing? I'd be interested to hear
> what other blind software engineers may do to get around these problems. 
> Finally, just a bit of a general sort of question. I'm currently studying
> bachelor of computer science, but have considered changing into bachelor of
> software engineering. I've been told software engineering is much more
> visual - with more of this UML stuff coming up. Has anyone else taken a
> modern software engineering degree opposed to computer science - and how did
> you find it? 
> Thanks for any advice! 
> Best regards,
> Daniel 
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