System Boundary Properties

The System Boundary element has a small set of properties that are mainly concerned with the appearance of the element. You can also apply other element control options such as default appearance, locking the element and applying an image to the element.

Access Right-click on the System Boundary element and select:

Properties or

Appearance | Shape

Set System Boundary Properties

Field/Option/Button

Action

See also

Name

(Optional) Type a name for the element.

Border Style

Select the radio button for the style you prefer:

  • Solid - a solid line border with the system default element fill color
  • Dotted - a dotted line border with no element fill color
  • Dashed - a broken line border with no element fill color
  • Solid-No Fill - a solid line border with no element fill color

Horizontal Swim Lanes

Type in the number of horizontal segments you want to divide the element into, to group the elements in the System Boundary in a horizontal context (for example, Client, Application and Database tiers could be represented in swim lanes).

The field defaults to 1.

The swim lanes are equal divisions of the System Boundary - you cannot change their relative heights.

Vertical Swim Lanes

Type in the number of vertical segments you want to divide the element into, to group the elements in the System Boundary in a vertical context.

The field defaults to '1'.

The swim lanes are equal divisions of the System Boundary - you cannot change their relative widths.

Set System Boundary Shape

The 'Shape' menu has three options. Select:

  • 'Rectangle' - to return the shape to the default rectangular border with sharp corners
  • 'Rounded Rectangle' - to set the shape to a rectangle with rounded corners
  • 'Ellipse' to set the shape to a circle or oval to accommodate the enclosed elements

Example Shapes

Learn more