The Maintenance Workspace
Enterprise Architect makes it easy to record and capture problems and issues as they arise, and document the solution and associated details. The Maintenance window provides a quick method of viewing and modifying the changes, issues defects and 'to do' items associated with a particular model element. You can include the maintenance items in the main RTF documentation and HTML produced by Enterprise Architect. The RTF Setup dialog has checkboxes to show or hide element maintenance items.
You access the Maintenance window by selecting the View | Other Element Tools | Maintenance menu option, or by pressing [Alt]+. Click on the required tab - Defects, Changes, Issues or Tasks - and select model elements in diagrams or in the Project Browser to see the associated maintenance items.
You can also use the Element Browser window to select and display specific items on the Maintenance window. Click on the icon in the Maintenance window toolbar to display the Element Browser, open the Maintenance folder and select the required item. In the folder, the 'page' icon contains a C for Change items, D for Defect items, T for Task items, or I for Issue items.
The window has two formats, as illustrated below - Item mode and List mode respectively.
To toggle between the modes, click on the Show/Hide Properties button in the window toolbar. Item mode displays a single item with others of the same type listed in the left-hand panel. You can also either switch to List mode or select another item from the Element Browser window. List mode displays all items of one type in the selected element; it does not, however, display as much detail on an item as Item mode does.
Using the toolbar, you can add or delete items and show or hide the Properties window to enable you to edit each item in the list. Click on the New icon in the window toolbar to add new items. In Item mode, this clears the fields for new data. In List mode, this displays the <item type> details for <element type> <element name> dialog. By clicking on the Auto button in Item mode or on the details dialog, you can apply an automatic naming/numbering nomenclature that you have previously defined.
An asterisk on a tab (as for the Defects tab, above) indicates that the tab contains saved information. If the tab has no information or the information has not yet been saved, there is no asterisk, as shown for the Tasks tab.
You can also display the maintenance items in a compartment of each appropriate element in a diagram.