I have been wondering where the name
dot comes from.
I skimmed through the original 90’s papers, but didn’t find anything.
- Gansner et al., “A Technique for Drawing Directed Graphs,” 1993
- E. Koutsofios and S. North, “Drawing graphs with dot,” 1992
On the docs site (DOT Language | Graphviz), DOT is capitalized, suggesting an acronym. (In the original papers however, it is never capitalized).
The predecessor of
dot is ‘
dag’, which presumably comes from Directed acyclic graph - Wikipedia
But no idea what DOT could stand for.