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General Board / Re: Untapped Feature: "Element Decisions"
« on: August 15, 2017, 09:24:53 am »
I'm not sure why you can't get Help, particularly with Local Help. I can display the Help topic for the Decision Table using either the Help icon or by pressing F1.

However, if you are in the Local Help, use the 'Breadcrumbs' and the Topics button to work through:

    Index > Model Domains  >  Business Models  >  Decision Models 

There are two child topics: 'Decision Table Editor' and 'Code Generation from Decision Models'.


General Board / Re: UML-ERP Workshop with EA - 100% Completed
« on: July 24, 2017, 04:43:51 pm »
I might be wrong, but I don't think Jose's workshop was written to serve the purpose you bought it for. If you want to find out how to use EA, there is a comprehensive Help system, plus the Example model and several online webinars and white papers that direct you in using EA for specific purposes.

You might find the Tutorial too simple, but try opening the Help system (in the ribbon, click on Start, then go to the right-hand end of the ribbon and in the Help panel click on Help > Open Help System) and working through Index > Topics > Introduction > Tutorial.

For information on Requirements in the Help, see the more abstract discussions in Model Domains > Requirement Models, and the more practical details in Model Domains > Business Models > Requirements.

For help on documentation templates, start with Model Publishing > Document Reports, then look at Model Publishing > Document Reports > Document Templates

Ask questions on this forum, or contact Sparx Support at

Bugs and Issues / Re: Search error on forum
« on: May 30, 2017, 04:10:16 pm »
Waaaaay back when the International Space Station had just been put online they hauled in the Hubble Space Telescope for maintenance. It wasn't working properly. They rubbed it and tweaked it, tightened this screw, loosened that one, pulled gently on a couple of thousand wires, it still refused to work. A multi-million dollar hunk of junk. The engineer lost his temper with it and kicked it. It started working.

Hit the Enter key. Hard.

Suggestions and Requests / Re: Word Wrap on non spaced names
« on: May 30, 2017, 11:40:24 am »
What? And not for Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän?  You surprise me.

General Board / Re: Specific Diagram in Template
« on: May 25, 2017, 04:13:40 pm »
Maybe you should change your by-line to read:

Sun Tzu - "If you sit by the river long enough, eventually everyone will take your hint to use EADocX."

A looooonnnnnggg time ago when I was 9 years old, my Primary teacher was a fearsome, raw-boned lady from Belfast, who had an intense dislike of the words 'got' and 'then'. I still cannot see either word without hearing her voice dripping with scorn, issuing from a mouth like a knife-cut across her face. "Aend don't ever use 'gawt' or 'the-an' in your woork, or Gawd help you."

She had an intense dislike of a lot of things. Including me.

In which case, open the floodgates!

Never ever use the term 'agreeance', which is a strange construction gaining favour as a totally unnecessary replacement for 'agreement'.

And we Aussies seem to be using the word 'less' to cover both situations where 'less' is appropriate and situations where the term should be 'fewer'.  Very roughly, if you measure it, it is 'less', and if you count it, it is 'fewer'.
Let me go home and work up a lengthy monologue on this!

Originally, 'pedantic' meant 'like a pedant', and a pedant was a male schoolteacher. So being pedantic was teaching someone the correct and accurate facts and procedures. Websters Dictionary still suggests 'precise' and 'accurate' as synonyms of 'pedantic'.  Sadly, with the decline and fall of the English language, 'pedantic' is now used simply to define someone as unnecessarily critical about the meaning and use of terms.

What do you call someone who is pedantic about the use and meaning of 'pedantic'??

I partially recant, and say that actually Glassboy probably did use the right word. After talking to myself for a while (as I often do... nothing strange about that, is there Roy?) I concluded that I would probably say "I dived off..." and "I dove (in)to...". As in "I dived off the bridge and dove to the bottom" (and then swam back up).  Which sounds quite weird.

Being of British extraction, I know a large number of the Grimms Fairy Tales and Hans Christian Andersen stories (and not forgetting Aesop and Kipling). We even have a large book of Grimms Fairy Tales in our bookshelf, but sadly my children need to see things on a screen these days before they know it exists. Also, Fairy Tales are in the news here in Australia at the moment, because certain education authorities want schools to either ban them or encourage discussions of their 'gender role stereotyping' amongst the pre-schoolers to whom they might be read. I wonder how that would go with 'The Three Little Pigs'?

Anyway, I agree with Glassboy in saying 'The Frog dived (not dove) into the pool and brought the golden ball back up to the Princess'. But if you want a mechanism, then 'swam back up with the Golden Ball'.  After a dive, you swim down, around, or back up. Unless things go badly wrong, in which case you either float back up or stay on the bottom...

Where IS that Darlene with her code?

Diving is essentially going rapidly from one level to a lower level - Sky diving, dive bombing, high-diving, skin diving, diving valuations. SCUBA diving is a more gentle version, as you don't tend to descend rapidly (unless you are an experienced diver with special apparatus).  Whilst you can get away with diving through, I don't think you could say that you are diving up.

(Just filling in time while we wait to see if Darleen posts her code...).

>> PS. Please don't paste the same question on every debugging thread you can find here (even on .Net related questions from 2009 as far as I can see). I or someone else is going to need to go through and clean up that mess.

That someone else turned out to be me. I thought I'd be helpful and quickly delete the tail-end posts in all those threads, but it turns out if you delete a recent post from an old thread the 'breadcrumb' pops you to the point at which the old thread ended. I have been wandering around the cob-webbed, dank and dusty vaults of threads in 2007 and thereabouts. Very tedious. And there was one thread that might actually have been relevant to the question you asked, but in my weariness I deleted the post in that thread too.

To the world at large - please, no more carpet-bombing!

General Board / Re: Distorted BPMN Diagram Shapes and Connectors
« on: March 17, 2017, 01:34:32 pm »
It isn't clear whether you are talking about all diagrams or a particular diagram, and I have not seen the bug report or the Support response.  If the ribbon setting is 'Standard' then you should not be getting the effect you see across all diagrams. However, on a 'distorted' diagram right-click on the background and select 'Properties', then click on the 'Diagram' tab. See if the 'Whiteboard Mode' and/or 'Hand Drawn' options are selected for that diagram.

I'd have to point out that there are millions of native English speakers who cannot write English as well as you do. I wish I could write French even half as well.

General Board / Re: SysML Requirements - Copy relationship
« on: March 14, 2017, 11:03:54 am »
What you are seeing is correct - Copy creates a new, separate element. In release 13 there is an option to Clone an element - what release are you using?

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