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Stereotype Settings

Enterprise Architect has an extensive set of Standard Stereotypes that you can apply to any UML construct. Using the 'Stereotypes' tab of the 'UML Types' dialog, a Technical Developer can also customize the stereotypes for your project by adding, modifying and deleting them. For information on customizing stereotypes, see the Custom Stereotypes Help Topic.

Stereotypes can be modified to make use of metafiles (image files) or customized colors, or to make use of the Enterprise Architect Shape Scripts to make new object shapes to determine the shape and dimensions of the object.

Access

Ribbon

Configure > Reference Data > UML Types

Manage Stereotypes

Field/Option/Button

Action

See also

Stereotype

Type in the name of the new stereotype, or click on an existing stereotype in the list in the right-hand panel.

Group name

For a stereotype that applies to an element feature (an attribute or operation) type in a name under which to group the features that have the stereotype. This is shown on diagrams in the attributes or operations compartment of the element.

If you do not provide a group name, the label in the feature compartment defaults to the stereotype name.

Base Class

Click on the drop-down arrow and select an object type, so that the stereotyped object will inherit the base characteristics from that existing object type.

Notes

Type in any notes concerning the stereotype (and not the objects to which the stereotype is to be applied).

None

Select this radio button to use the default object appearance.

Metafile

Select this radio button to use an image file for the appearance of the stereotyped object.

Shape Script

Select this radio button to apply a custom shape to the stereotyped object, which you define using the Enterprise Architect Shape Scripting language.

Shape Scripts

Assign

Click on this button to select or define the associated metafile or Shape Script to be applied to the stereotyped object.

Remove

Click on this button to remove the associated metafile or Shape Script from the stereotype.

Fill

Click on the drop-down arrow and select a default color for the background of the object.

This color will be applied to all occurrences of any object to which the stereotype has been applied; if the color is subsequently changed, the change is immediately applied to all occurrences of any object to which the stereotype was applied (as for changes to any other property of the stereotype).

However, on elements created with the stereotype, the default color might be overridden by other color definitions of a higher priority that have been applied to the element, such as the 'Alternative Appearance' dialog (F4) definition.

Set an Element's Default Appearance Format Toolbar

Border

Click on the drop-down arrow and select a default color for the object border.

Font

Click on the drop-down arrow and select a default color for the stereotype font.

Reset

Click on this button to reset the stereotyped object appearance definition to the default object appearance.

Preview

Provides a visual representation of the stereotyped object definition.

New

Click on this button to clear the dialog fields so that you can define another stereotype.

Save

Click on this button to save the stereotype definition and add it to the list of current stereotypes.

Delete

Click on this button to immediately remove the selected stereotype from the list of defined stereotypes.

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