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Using the Element Panel

The 'Element' panel provides facilities to manage elements, which are the building blocks of models. Elements can be created and specified with attributes and operations. You can define scenarios for the activities that the element represents, and add Decision Tables for decision points in the element's behavior.

Available Facilities

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Description

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New

Click on the drop-down arrow to display a short list of options for adding elements to the model:

  • Add New Element - define and add a new element to the currently-selected Package or element and, if required, the currently open diagram, using the 'New Element' dialog
  • Add Multiple Elements - add a number of individual elements to the currently-open diagram, using the 'Create Multiple Elements' dialog.
  • Insert Existing Element - add an existing element to the currently-open diagram; the option displays the 'Select Element' browser, which you use to locate the element to add
  • Edit Linked Document - create a new linked document, or edit the existing document, for the selected element; note that when the Linked Document editor opens the Ribbon changes to the Document Edit Ribbon, and when you close the editor the Ribbon defaults to the Start Ribbon
Edit Linked Documents Create Linked Document on an Element Document Edit Ribbon Add Elements Directly To Packages

Manage

Click on the drop-down arrow to display a list of commands you can use to manage the properties and appearance of the element you have selected in a diagram or in the Project Browser.

  • Properties - define the properties of the element using its 'Properties' dialog
  • Specific Property Page - select an option to review the element properties on a specific page of the 'Properties' dialog
  • Edit Linked Document - open the Linked Document editor for the linked document on the currently-selected element
  • Lock - open the 'Lock Element' dialog through which you can set or clear editing locks on the selected element
  • Bookmark - Add or remove a Bookmark on the selected element on the diagram; the element is marked with a red triangle
  • Structural Elements - create, hide and show embedded elements - such as Ports and Parts - on the selected element, using the 'Structural Elements' dialog
  • Parents and Interfaces - add or delete Generalization and Realization relationships to Parent or Interface Classes, using the 'Set Parents and Interfaces' dialog
  • Overrides and Implementations - set the system to automatically override methods from parent Classes and from realized Interfaces, using the 'Override Operations/Interfaces' dialog
  • Change Type - change the type of the selected element, using the 'Select Element Type' dialog
  • Find in Diagrams - find the selected element in every diagram in which it has been used; if the element is used in more than one diagram, the 'Element Usage' dialog displays
  • Find in Project Browser - highlight in the Project Browser an element selected from a diagram
  • Find Elements with Linked Documents - display the Find in Project view, pre-loaded with an executed search for elements that have Linked Documents; right-click on an item and select the 'Edit Linked Document' option to review the element's document
  • Find Elements with Linked Documents modified recently - opens the Find in Project view preloaded with an executed search for elements that have Linked Documents that have updated within the last seven days (you can re-execute the search with a different number of days); right-click on an item and select the 'Edit Linked Document' option to review the element's document
  • Search Model - display the Find in Project view, through which you can search for the use of any aspect of an element across the model
  • Clone Element as New Version - copy the structure of the selected element and paste it into the Project Browser as a new element and contents; a prompt displays for you to enter a version number for the new element, followed by a browser on which you select its parent Package or element
Bookmarks Edit Linked Documents Change Element Type Override Parent Operations Manage Structural Elements Lock Model Elements Show Element Use Set Element Parent Model Search Properties Dialog

Insert Related

Click on this icon to display the 'Insert Related Elements' dialog, through which you can identify elements that are related to the currently selected element and, if they are not on the currently-open diagram, add them to it

Insert Related Elements

Scenarios

Click on the drop-down arrow to display a short menu of options for working with element Scenarios.

  • Manage Scenarios - create, edit and delete scenarios using the 'Structured Specification' tab of the 'Scenarios' page of the Scenarios & Requirements window
  • Find Scenarios - locate and list all elements that contain structured scenarios
  • Help - display the top-level Help topic on Scenarios
Scenarios Structured Specification Tab

Decisions

Click on the drop-down arrow to display a short menu of options for working with Decision Tables for the selected element.

  • Manage Decisions - create and configure a Decision Model for the current element, using the Decision Table Editor
  • Find Decisions - locate and list all elements that contain Decision Tables
  • Help - display the top-level Help topic on Decision Models
Decision Models Decision Table Editor

Attributes

Click on this icon to create and edit attributes for the currently-selected element, on the 'Attributes' page of the 'Features' dialog.

Create and Manage Attributes

Operations

Click on this icon to create and edit operations for the currently-selected element, on the 'Operations' page of the 'Features' dialog.

Define Properties of Operations

Tagged Values

Click on this icon to add, edit and delete Tagged Values on the currently-selected element, using the Tagged Values window.

Assign a Tagged Value to an Item

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