Thursday, July 17, 2003


I work in an environment where I occasionally would like to use UML to illustrate points I'm making in email conversations.

I'm afraid to embed models from Rational Rose or something as attachments or OLE objects (even though this would be possible since we use Outlook) because that would require everybody involved in the discussion to have Rose.

I also don't like embedding the UML as a bitmap, because it bloats up the email system and also because its hard for somebody else to edit it when they reply.

So, ASCII it is.

This page shows that most of this also applies to a Wiki, and has some suggestions for tools.

What do people use on Usenet, anyway? You'd think that some newgroup would've standardized an ASCII UML notation as part of its charter or something.