March 26, 1997 1:30 PM ET
IBM teams with application developers to propose visual modeling spec
By Maria Seminerio

  IBM and application software developers ObjecTime Ltd. and Rational Software Corp. today announced an initiative to develop an industry-standard visual modeling language.

The UML (Unified Modeling Language) specification will define common semantics, notations and interfaces for developers to use in creating graphical representations of application and business processes, officials of the companies said.

The final spec will merge a previous proposal from IBM and ObjecTime with a language developed by Rational Software.

"IBM and ObjecTime's key contributions will enable us to ensure that the UML meets the needs of enterprise developers, making it easier for them to adopt and implement visual modeling technology," said Mike Devlin, president of Rational Software.

Rational Software also is partnering with other companies, including Hewlett-Packard Co., Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp. and Texas Instruments on finalizing the UML, company officials said.

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