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How to Define a Template Selector Fragment

A Template Selector is a Template Fragment that calls other Template Fragments depending on what type of element is being reported. The Template Fragments being called can be system Fragments or existing user-defined Fragments, as listed in the Resources window.

Access

Use one of the methods outlined here to display the 'Custom Query' page of the 'Document Options' dialog.

Ribbon

Publish > Model Reports > Templates : <select a fragment template> : (Document Options icon) > Custom Query

Keyboard Shortcuts

F8 > Templates | Fragments | Double-click on <Fragment name>, then (Document Options icon) > Custom Query

Set Up the Template Selector

Option

Action

See also

Template Selector

Click on this radio button to define the template selection commands.

data field

On separate lines, type each element type and the name of the Template Fragment to use for that element type, in the format:

     ElementType:<stereotype>:Fragment Name

For example (elements not extended by a stereotype):

     Action::Behavioral

     ActionPin::Simple Behavioral

     CollaborationUse::Structural

and (element extended by a stereotype):

     Class:table:Database Table

To identify the fragment to use if elements are reported that have not been specifically identified, type:

     default::Fragment Name

Also see the Notes section in this topic.

Element Class Resources Window

OK

Click on this button to save the changes you have made and close the 'Document Options' dialog.

Notes

Further advice on providing a value for the data field:

To a certain extent you can adapt the 'extended by stereotype' line according to what alternative modeling language you are using, what you specifically want to extract in the report, and what elements exist under the Package or element you execute the report on. For example:

  • Extract ArchiMate Business Actor elements
         -  From a structure containing UML and ArchiMate elements - Class: ArchiMate_Business Actor:BusActFrag
         -  From a structure containing only ArchiMate elements - Class:BusinessActor:BusActFrag
         -  From a structure containing only ArchiMate Business Actor elements - Class::BusActFrag
  • Extract Business Actor elements
         -  From a structure containing UML and ArchiMate elements - Class:Business Actor:BusActFrag
         -  From a structure containing only ArchiMate elements - Class:BusinessActor:BusActFrag
         -  From a structure containing only Business Actor elements - Class::BusActFrag

To establish the type and Sterotype details of a representative element selected in the Browser window, run this query in the SQL scratch pad (use the ribbon option 'Explore > Search > Model : Edit search. > SQL Scratch Pad'):

  • Select t_object.name, t_object.Object_Type, t_object.Stereotype from t_object where t_object.Object_ID=#CurrentElementID#

For example, selecting a  BPMN DataObject in the Browser window and running this SQL gives:

Name  -   Issue List[Initial]

Object_Type -  Artifact     

Stereotype - DataObject

So you would use the combination Artifact:DataObject:<fragment name> in the data field

Alternatively, do not use a Template Selector fragment and create a simple template to operate on the Element section of the report, to extract elements of Type - Class and Stereotype - Business Actor. Run this on the specific element(s).

For a complete example, open the system-supplied Template Selector in the 'Document Generation | System Templates | Fragments' folder of the Resources window and review the 'Custom Query' tab of the 'Document Options' dialog.

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