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Structured Specification Selected Text Context Menu

To display this context menu, highlight the text in a user-editable field within a step on the Structured Specification tab. The following options are available:


Use to


Create a glossary definition or a new element based on the highlighted text.

Link Step to Use Case

Either incorporate the actions of an existing Use Case element, extend an existing Use Case element or invoke a Use Case element, as the action of the selected step. Selecting the appropriate sub-option displays the Select Use Case dialog, which you use to browse for and select the required Use Case element.

Any text in the Action field is overwritten by the link to the Use Case, except for the invoke action where the following link is added to the end of the Action text:

[Invokes: <Use Case Name>]

Link to existing Element

(Uses and Results fields only.) Create a Realization or Dependency relationship to a Requirement, Feature or other element elsewhere in the model.

You select the element and connector types from submenu options, which then display the Select Element dialog, which you use to browse for and select the required element.

Insert context reference

Add a reference to an element stored elsewhere in the model, and create an entry for the element in the Context References tab.

Selecting this option displays the Select Element dialog, which you use to browse for and select the required reference element.

See also the Structured Specification Floating Toolbar topic.

Insert glossary definition

Insert an existing glossary term at the cursor position. To select the term, double-click on it in the displayed list.

When you select the term it is inserted into the field as highlighted and underlined text, which displays the definition when you move the cursor over it. If you highlighted part of the original text, the term overwrites that text.

Split Step

Splits the selected step into two consecutive steps.

The option is available only if you highlight a portion of the text in the selected field. The new step takes the highlighted text as its Action text.

Search for <text>

Displays a sub-menu of options for locating the selected text in a number of locations.


Undo any unsaved changes you have just made in the step.



Perform simple editing operations on the highlighted text.




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