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Run-time State

At run-time, an Object instance can have specific values for its attributes, or exist in a particular state. To model the varying behavior of Objects at run-time, use instance values selected from the Select <Item> dialog and run-time states or run-states.

Typically there is interest in the run-time behavior of Objects that already have a classifier set. You can select from the classifier's attribute list and apply specific values for your Object instance. If the classifier has a child State Machine, its States propagate to a list where the run-time state for the Object can be defined.


This example defines run-time values for the listed variables, which are attributes of the AccountItem classifier for the instance.

Access Right-click on Object |Features & Properties | Set Run State (Ctrl+Shift+R)

Add run-time state instance variables to an Object

On the 'Features' dialog, the 'Run States' page lists any variables inherited from the classifier of the Object element. These inherited variables initially have no values and are inactive. You can activate and define a run state for them, or you can right-click on the dialog and select the 'Hide Inherited Variables' option to hide them from view.




In the 'Variable' field, either:

  • Overtype the New Variable text with the name of the new variable, or
  • Click on the name of an inherited variable to activate


In the 'Operator' field, click on the drop-down arrow and select the operator that will qualify the run state value. The operators include:

  • blank (no operator)
  • !=
  • <
  • <=
  • <>
  • =
  • =>
  • >


In the 'Value' field, type the value for the run state of the variable.


If necessary, type in some explanatory notes.


Click on or add the next variable, or click on the Close button to save the changes.

Delete a run-time state variable for an Object




In the 'Variable' field, right-click on the variable to delete and select the 'Delete' option.

(Alternatively, click on the variable and press Ctrl+Del.)


Click on the Close button.

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