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Topics - Paolo F Cantoni

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We are finding increasingly that we can define a structured Tagged Value (typically an enum) and re-use it in a number of places.  I'm not talking about using the same named tagged value in multiple elements - that's easy enough to manage.  I'm talking about using the same set of values (with effectively the same set of semantics) multiple times for the same element.  One example is  "Degree of Fit" - where the same enum values are used for three different types of "fit" (for the same element).  We have currently created three Tagged Values defined identically, but once they've been created the fact that they have the same enum literals and semantics is lost.

I couldn't see how to use one definition in multiple named tagged values.  Is there such a mechanism?

TIA,
Paolo

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It seems that status colours are only visible if the item is in rectangular form.  Is that correct, or have I left the secret sauce off the shapescripts I'm using?

Paolo

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Suggestions and Requests / Word Wrap on non spaced names
« on: May 29, 2017, 04:50:08 pm »
I'm sure there was some discussion recently on the forum about word wrapping.  But I can't find it.

Anyway, there should be the ability to word wrap names that don;t have spaces, but do have mixed case naming.  We commonly use a naming scheme we've called Complex Pascal Naming where capital letters separate words, but Acronyms and Initialisms are allowed to retain their Uppercase.  It's not that hard to write an algorithm to split the words up and determine where the word wrap should be.

Please consider.

Reported,
Paolo

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Bugs and Issues / MDG File grows too large!
« on: May 26, 2017, 01:25:50 pm »
We recently significantly increased the size of our MDG by automatically generating a series of relationship to relationship QuickLinks (some 7000 odd in this case)

EA complained about a failure in our XML.  But it turned ut to be a size-related issue:  At line 42965 (round about column 13x - it varies depending upon the file content).  EA will fail to import the MDG.  This expansion was to be only the initial step, the file is currently 10-12 Mb in size and we expect it to grow more.  What is the current Maximum size for an MDG file?  Can this be fixed urgently?

Reported,
Paolo

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QuickLinks "from" relationships don’t work correctly in “empty space”
  • Inter-relationship QuickLinks are listed (they shouldn’t be)
  • @Element QuickLinks don’t do the right thing (open the available set of elements from the list of available elements)
Reported,
Paolo

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Relationship to relationship QuickLink doesn’t indicate selected target (like for elements).  This makes it difficult to ensure you're going to hit the right "target".
Please rectify.

Reported,
Paolo

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Please allow Source & Target Dropdown in the arc's Roles page to access Operations as well as Attributes for (any arc type).

In these days of complex systems modelling, being able to access a Service object's operations and link to them in the arc in the same way as Attributes would be MOST beneficial (for example for the ArchiMate Serving relationship.

Reported,
Paolo

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The Set Attached Links dialog needs an indication of whether the arc is visible on the diagram or not.

Otherwise, the user may check the box of a connector hidden on the diagram and wonder why the "Notelink" doesn't show on the diagram.

It is accepted that one can create a link to a hidden connector, but the user experience should be considered.

Reported,
Paolo

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If you use the Link to Connector Feature functionality on a Note Element (say Link to Connector Note) and you have more than one connector attached to the Note, the displayed note will change (apparently arbitrarily).

However, it is NOT arbitrary, it appears that the Connector Note that will be displayed is that of the highest sequence number in the Set Attached Links dialog!  This is not appropriate!  There should be a checkbox against the Connector in the Set Attached Links dialog to indicate that a particular has been designated the one for the Note to be displayed.

Reported,
Paolo

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Suggestions and Requests / Link to Connector Feature
« on: May 24, 2017, 10:22:30 am »
We can link a note to an element feature, but we're increasingly coming across situations where users would like to link a note to a connector feature (particularly the Notes field).

Can we please have Link to Connector Feature functionality?

Reported,
Paolo

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When I try to create an arc between arcs, I have great difficulty.  Often, the connecting arc ends up connected to the WRONG target arc.  ALL TOO OFTEN, the wrong arc is the origin arc, so that I'm connecting the arc to itself!

I don't think such a self-connecting arc has ANY semantic meaning and therefore should NOT be allowed!

Reported,
Paolo

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When I try to create an arc between arcs, I have great difficulty.  Often, the connecting arc ends up connected to the WRONG target arc.  You can't move proxy connectors between arcs (as you can endpoints (of standard arcs) between vertices.

We need to be able to move the end-points between arcs!

Reported,
Paolo

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Bugs and Issues / Virtualized Connector End not resizable
« on: May 16, 2017, 05:23:06 pm »
The virtualized connector end is NOT resizable.  However, it DOES track the width of the "meister" object, but not the height.

We found that his behaviour was JUST as annoying as not being able to resize at all!  Diagrams can be just as messed up by this...

This seems inconsistent at best.  I see no reason why the object shouldn't be separately resizable from the meister.

Reported,
Paolo

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Suggestions and Requests / Alignment functions for Arcs
« on: May 16, 2017, 05:14:17 pm »
We have alignment functions for vertices (shapes), it would be really cool to have alignment functions for arcs.

Unfortunately, this would require multi-selection for arcs (which may not even be on the horizon).

If there's support for it, I can put in a formal feature request.

Paolo

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In Movable? - In addition to Selectable and PrintableI (again -first mentioned in 2009!) talk about having the property Movable for vertices (shapes).  With the new line styles, it's now time to provide the same properties for arcs (lines).

In an enterprise situation, the diagrams can get very complicated.  It's really important to be able to "tie down" parts of complicated diagrams while another part id being worked on.

Reported,
Paolo

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