Custom Stereotypes

UML supports a large number of stereotypes, which are an inbuilt mechanism for logically extending or altering the meaning, physical appearance and syntax of a model element. Different model elements have different stereotypes associated with them.

In Enterprise Architect you can create new stereotypes with their own custom appearance. The stereotypes can be altered to make use of metafiles (image files) and customized colors, or you can make use of an Enterprise Architect Shape Script to make new element shapes to determine the shape and dimensions of the element.

Access:    Settings | UML Types > Stereotypes

How to:

To add your own custom stereotypes, follow the steps below:

Step

Action

1

On the Stereotypes tab, type or select a Stereotype name

2

Select a Base Class from the drop-down list

3

Associate a Metafile with this stereotype - click on the Metafile radio button and the Assign button, and locate the required .emf or .wmf file

4

Enter optional Notes and select Default Colors for this stereotype

5

Click on the Save button to save the stereotype

The table below describes the functions of the Stereotypes tab.

Field

Usage

See also

Stereotype

Specify the name of the stereotype

 

Group name

Enable grouping of stereotype features by a plural name, for attributes and operations, which is shown on diagrams in the attribute and operations compartments

 

Base Class

Enable the stereotyped element to inherit the base characteristics from a pre-existing element type

 

Notes

Type any notes concerning the stereotype (not the elements to which the stereotype is to be applied)

 

Override Appearance

 

 

None

Switch to the default element appearance

 

Metafile

Enable an image file to be used for the appearance of the stereotype

 

Shape Script

Specify custom shapes for the stereotype using the Enterprise Architect Shape Scripting language

Shape Scripts

Assign

Add the associated metafile or Shape Script from the stereotyped element

 

Remove

Remove the associated metafile or Shape Script from the stereotyped element

 

Default Colors

 

 

Fill

Set the default background color of the element

 

Border

Control the border color

 

Font

Control the color of the stereotype font

 

Reset

Reset the appearance of the element to the default element appearance

 

Notes:

  • You can transport custom stereotype definitions between models, using the Export Reference Data and Import Reference Data options

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