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EA's discussion forum - adding links
« on: June 19, 2007, 12:45:01 pm »
I tried EA's discussion forum (control-alt-U brings it up) feature. It has a tantalizing subscreen and a help message that  states one can "link EA elements to the discussion", but I can't figure out how to do that. I've dragged, dropped, and clicked to no avail. What's the secret?

EA version 6.5, Win XP.

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Re: EA's discussion forum - adding links
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2007, 02:18:18 pm »
The closest I've been able to get is to select an element on a diagram, and use control-C to set up a copy.

Then open a post in the discussion forum and you can past the element. Since the element appears within a frame, and is clearly a simple picture of the element, I suspect (without proof) that you could copy the entire diagram.

In any case this does not copy the 'essence' of the element, nor is the item in the forum posting a live link to the element.

I have not attempted this in version 7.0 yet, just 6.5 build 806.

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Re: EA's discussion forum - adding links
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2007, 04:12:37 pm »
Have you read http://www.sparxsystems.com.au/EAUserGuide/index.html?addingobjectlinks.htm?

This describes how to create the link.

EA 7 beta 2 adds the ability to drag from a search view.
« Last Edit: June 19, 2007, 04:12:49 pm by simonm »
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Re: EA's discussion forum - adding links
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2007, 04:31:14 pm »
Bingo!

As I said, I had not yet tried this in 7.0 (unfortunately). It is good to know that this is now working.

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Re: EA's discussion forum - adding links
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2007, 07:21:51 am »

That section says "Elements can be associated with the discussion forum message by dragging the element from the Project View into the linked elements section of the project discussion forum. "

Assuming the "Project View" is the same as the project browser, I've tried dragging into the linked elements section, but nothing happens. I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.

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Have you read http://www.sparxsystems.com.au/EAUserGuide/index.html?addingobjectlinks.htm?

This describes how to create the link.

EA 7 beta 2 adds the ability to drag from a search view.


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Re: EA's discussion forum - adding links
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2007, 11:22:55 pm »
This doesn't help you Bruce, but it works fine for me in 6.5 build 806.

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Re: EA's discussion forum - adding links
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2007, 12:10:01 pm »
OK - I figured out what I was doing wrong, and it's an easy trap to fall into.

The discussion forum can have "categories", "topics", and "posts." The three entities have different icons, but otherwise have exactly the same appearance UI appearance. One can only make links to posts, not to topics or categories. I was naively trying to link to a topic, which doesn't work. Linking to a post is simple.

I suggest not having the link region available for categories or topics if it can't be used.

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Re: EA's discussion forum - adding links
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2007, 12:53:33 pm »
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