Getting to know Element Appearance
Introducing Element Appearance
All elements in the repository have a global default appearance, which is defined in the Options Window. Individual elements can set a global appearance that overrides the default setting for all elements and that applies to the specified element wherever it appears in diagrams. An element's appearance can also be changed at the level of an individual diagram, using the color and font pickers. Images and other shapes can also be applied to make the element more appealing.
Where to find Element Appearance
Default for all Elements
Ribbon: Start > Application > Preferences > Preferences > Standard Colors or Appearance
Global for an element on a diagram
Context Menu: Appearance | Default Appearance
Local for a Diagram Object
Ribbon: Layout > Style > Set Font, Text Color, Fill Color, Line Color, Line Width
Diagram Toolbar (right-click on element in diagram): Set Font, Text Color, Fill Color, Line Color, Line Width
Element Icons: Set Font, Text Color, Fill Color, Line Color, Line Width (top right corner of diagram object, under Quick Linker arrow)
Usage of Element Appearance
Element appearance is useful to convey different meaning to a number of audiences and stakeholders. The global element settings ensure the entire repository is by default consistent, and these settings can be changed to suit an organization. The default element appearance settings ensure that an element is consistently represented whenever it is used on diagrams. The local appearance settings allow an element to appear differently on a specific diagram. Some stakeholders will also prefer to see an element represented as an image or by a different shape.
Options for Element Appearance
Apart from the setting of Font Style, Text Color, Element Fill, Border Color and Line Thickness, elements can be assigned an alternative image or a completely different geometry using the Shape Script facility, which is applied to a stereotype.
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