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Example State Machine

The following diagram illustrates some features of State Machines.

Example of a State Machine or State Chart

Composite States:

The chain-link symbol in the bottom right corner of the Saved state indicates that it is a Composite state.

You have two options for exposing the contents of a composite State. Firstly, you can double-click on the element to display its child diagram separately, as shown below:



Alternatively, you can right-click on the composite element and select the Advanced | Show Composite Diagram context menu option, which displays the child diagram in the context of the parent diagram.



  • State elements can display either with or without a line across them; the line - as shown above - displays when the element has features such as attributes (which could be hidden) or when the Show State Compartment checkbox is selected in the Objects page of the Options dialog

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