Re-Order Messages

When constructing your Communication diagram, it is frequently necessary to create or delete Message 'groups' and to re-order the sequence of Messages. There are two dialogs that help you perform these tasks: the Message Properties dialog and the Sequence Communications dialog.

Organize Message Groups:

If you have several Messages in the form 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, for example, but would like to start a new numbering group on, say, the third Message (that is, 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 ), you can change a Message in the series to a Start Group message.

How to:

To reorganize message groups, follow the steps below:

Step

Action

1

Double-click on a Message name

The Message Properties dialog displays

2

To make the selected Message the start of a new group, select the Start New Group checkbox

3

If required, in the Notes field, type an explanatory note

You can format the text using the Notes toolbar at the top of the field

4

Click on the OK button to save changes

Sequence Messages:

In larger and more complex diagrams, you might have to use deeper levels of Messages in a group; for example, 1, 1.2, 1.2.1, 1.2.1.1.  You might also have to change the sequence of Messages, making Message 1.3, for example, into Message 1.1.

How to:

To change the sequence or level of Messages, follow the steps below:

Step

Action

1

Either:

  • Select the Diagram | Advanced | Sequence Messages menu option
  • Click on the diagram background and select the Sequence Communication Messages context menu option or
  • Right-click on a Message and select the Sequence Communication Messages context menu option

The Communication Messages dialog displays

2

Click on the Message to adjust and, at the bottom of the dialog, click on the:

  • 'Up Hand' or 'Down Hand' buttons to move the Message up or down the sequence (e.g. Message 1.2 to Message 1.1 or 1.3)
  • 'Left Hand' or 'Right Hand' buttons to move the Message up or down a level (e.g. Message 1.2.1 to Message 1.2 or Message 1.2.1.1)

3

Repeat step 2 until the Message sequence and levels match your requirements

You might have to adjust other Message numbers (in group, sequence or level) to accommodate the changes you have made

4

Click on the OK button to save changes

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